Teachers share best practices at conference day

Teachers stand with Greg Tang, a mathematician Professional development is important to us. It’s what helps our educators stay on top of our educational game!

A handful of Liberty teachers recently spent a professional development day with Greg Tang, the mathematician and mastermind behind some of the district’s favorite education math games and classroom programs.


Those teachers spread the wealth (of knowledge) during the district’s March 15 Conference Day.

With a background in economics, business, and math education, Tang is intent on developing “a more intuitive approach to math, one that combines problem-solving and arithmetic and integrates math with language and art.” In addition to writing engaging picture books, he also develops teaching guides, workbooks, flash cards, and math games.

Teacher stands in front of a SmartBoard

At Liberty, we believe that effective professional development is more than simply sharing new ideas; it also includes a commitment to fully integrate those ideas into the classroom and the school culture.

The district builds professional development into its budget because it keeps teachers up-to-date on new research about how children learn, emerging technology tools for the classroom, new curriculum resources and more.

LMS parent meeting on NYS assessments March 21

Liberty Middle School will hold a parent meeting on New York State assessments on Thursday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The meeting will feature a presentation and discussion about the state assessments and how the school uses the results to better its instructional practices.

Importance notice regarding give back days

When snow/inclement weather days are not used, the district “gives them back” by closing school on days that were originally scheduled to have school in session. Although Liberty Central School District has ten days snow days built into the calendar for the 2018-19 school year, as of March 14, we have used four.

While no one can accurately predict what the winter has in store for us, at this point it seems likely that we will not require all of the remaining snow days.

Read below to review the district’s plan to give back this year’s unused snow days.

  • School will be closed on Friday, March 22.

If the district does not use any additional snow days by April 12, the following days would also become give back days:

  • Tuesday, April 23
  • Wednesday, April 24
  • Friday, May 24
  • Thursday, May 23
  • Friday, May 17

Please note that in the event that additional snow/inclement weather days are used during the remainder of the school year, some of the dates listed above will have to remain as regular school days and your child will need to be in attendance at school. Additional information will be sent home to parents and posted to the district’s website if changes are made.

ELA assessments set for April 2-3 and May 1-2

Liberty Middle and High School will be administering the NYS ELA Assessments for grades 5-9 on Tuesday, April 2  to Wednesday, April 3. Make ups will begin on Thursday, April 4 to Tuesday, April 9.

The NYS Math Assessments for grades 5-9 will be administered on Wednesday, May 1 and Thursday May 2. Make ups will being on Friday, May 3, 2019 and will be administered until Wednesday, May 8.

The NYS grade 8 Science Performance Assessment will be administered from Wednesday, May 22 until Friday, May 31. Make ups will take place during the testing window.

The NYS grade 8 Science Written Assessment will be administered on Monday June 3, 2019. Make up sessions will be administered from Tuesday, June 4 until Friday, June 7.

Student musicians jazz up the capital

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther proudly welcomed student-musicians from Liberty Middle and High School to Albany as part of the annual “Music in our Schools Month” celebration in New York State.

Choirs, orchestras and bands from across the state travel to Albany throughout the month of March to perform in the concourse of the Empire State Plaza as part of “Music in our Schools Month”.

Performances like these are a terrific showcase for the talent that exists in Liberty schools and other districts throughout the state. It was an honor for our musicians and directors to meet our county legislators and let them hear the results of their hard work.

High school jazz band performs in an all white room. A blue banner with gold lettering in the background reads: NYSSMA

NYSED seeks input on Parent Dashboard

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is building a website called the ESSA Parent Dashboard as a way to help parents and guardians become more informed about and involved with their children’s education.

The dashboard is expected to have information about school performance and other school-level data that parents and the general public may be interested in.

NYSED is encouraging parents, guardians and community members across the state to answer this eight-question survey to provide feedback on elements they’d like included in the dashboard.

You can access the survey at this link: http://www.nysed.gov/ZkS

According to NYSED, several additional considerations will guide the development of the Parent Dashboard, including:

  • input from parents and other stakeholders;
  • design features that meet the needs of parents;
  • content that is both informative and useful to parents and the public; and
  • opportunities for ongoing feedback to refresh content and to make continuous improvements.

The Parent Dashboard is scheduled for initial release in May 2019, with a final release in winter/spring 2020.

Career day inspires middle school students

Students at Liberty Middle School got a glimpse into their possible futures earlier this month when the school hosted its very first Career Fair.

The event was coordinated by Mr. Justin Golden and Mrs. Niemann Murphy  as a way to expose students to various career pathways that they may be interested in and want to pursue.

Dozens of career fields were represented including medical, culinary, law enforcement, floral, dentistry, technology and radio news.

Students visited each profession’s booth and asked questions regarding job descriptions, salary, hours and level of education.

The school would like to extend its thanks to the professionals who volunteered their time as well as the Liberty Dunkin’ Donuts and Monticello Bagel Bakery for providing coffee and bagels.

Click here to view photos from the middle school career day. 


Guys and Dolls coming to Liberty April 5-6

Liberty High School’s spring musical, “Guys and Dolls,” will take the stage April 5-6 featuring the exploits of street gamblers Nathan Detroit and Sky Masterson, and the women who try to reform them.

The show will take place at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

The show, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, debuted on Broadway in 1950. A 1955 film adaptation starred Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra. The show features the song “Luck Be a Lady” and many other tunes.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students/senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 292-5400 ext.2000 or at the high school’s main office during regular school hours. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Cast members are under the guidance of Emily McConnell (Director), Timothy Hamblin (Music Director), Dan McConnell (Orchestra Director), Kathleen Johansen (Lighting/Sound), Mike Diehl (Set Design), Jenn Desrochers (Costumes and Props) and several parent volunteers.

The cast list is below, organized by character name and student.

  • Nicely-Nicely: Cascio Fonseca
  • Benny Southstreet: Tyler Black
  • Arvide Abernathy: Anthony Carrion
  • Nathan Detroit: Michael Perez
  • Sky Masterson: Tanner Parks
  • Rusty Charlie: Chase Racette
  • Lt. Brannigan: Gabe Desrochers
  • Angie the Ox: Melanie Graham
  • Sarah Brown: Emily Kinne
  • Miss Adelaide: Chloe Ricco
  • Mimi: Kat Fonseca
  • Agatha: Ysabel Manzi
  • Martha: Gabby Fontana
  • Allison: Jordan Raynor
  • General Cartwright: Rory Magie
  • Ferguson: Corrine Hellerer
  • General Cartwright: Tatiana Hinkley
  • Waitress: Abigail Kelly
  • Havana Guest: Emily Lutz
  • Hot Box Ladies: Jordan Raynor, Corrine Hellerer, Katarina Fonseca, Tatiana Hinkley, Brooke Nichols, Abigail Kelly, Emily Lutz, Melanie Graham

Athlete registration goes digital through FamilyID

Athlete registration just got easier! The Athletic Department is going digital through FamilyID, a secure registration platform that provides students with an easy, user-friendly way to register for sports.

When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member for multiple uses and multiple programs.

Before you register

All student-athletes must have a current physician’s physical on file with the health office to participate in sports. If your student athlete’s physical is expired, you may submit a new one to the health office by taking a picture or scanning a copy and uploading it to the FamilyID form or please hand in a copy to the appropriate school health office.

Registration process

A parent/guardian should register by clicking on this link: https://www.familyid.com/liberty-central-school-district-athletics

Follow these steps:To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word “Programs.”

  1. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
  2. Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
  3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner First and Last names (parent/guardian), E-mail address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
  4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your E-mail filters (spam, junk, etc.).
  5. Click on the link in your activation E-mail, which will log you into FamilyID.com
  6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red* are required to have an answer.
  7. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
  8. Review your registration summary
  9. Click the green Submit After selecting ‘Submit’, the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.

If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at support@familyid.com or 888-800-5583 ext. 1.  Support is available seven  days per week and messages will be returned promptly.

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