District mourns Shannon Cross Stein, long-time staff member and friend

It is with great sadness that the district has learned of the passing of our colleague and friend Shannon Cross Stein, and we join her family in mourning,

Mrs. Stein attended Liberty Schools and was the district’s longest-serving staff member, dedicating her career – more than three decades – to our students. Her first job in the district was in August 1988, when she was hired as a leave replacement stenographer. She went on to be a typist, teaching assistant, substitute coordinator, fitness room supervisor and class advisor. She most recently served as the district’s technical data specialist and will be remembered by countless co-workers, families and students.

If you or your child need someone to talk to, district counselors, social workers, and administrators are available. Support centers continue to be available at the elementary, middle and high schools for our staff members.

Please reach out; they are always there for you:

Sheila Wormuth, Director of Guidance: 845-292-5400, ext. 2034

Liberty Elementary School

  • Alanna Newman, Social Worker: 845-747-0781, ext. 3216
  • Mary Bayer, School Psychologist: 845-292-5400, ext. 2523
  • Jim O’Connor, School Counselor: 845-292-5400, ext. 3251

Liberty Middle School

  • Kaitlyn Gilmore, School Psychologist: 845-292-5400, ext. 2027
  • Lynne Diener, Social Worker: 845-292-5400, ext. 2307
  • Michelle Behrman, School Counselor, Grade 5, 7
    845- 292-5400, ext. 2310
  • Linda Krokus, School Counselor, Grade 6, 8
    845-292-5400, ext. 2110

Liberty High School

  • Amy Dworetsky, School Psychologist: 845-292-5400, ext. 2321
  • Gina Castelonia, Social Worker: 845-292-5400, ext. 2032
  • Kellie White (students with last names A-Gam): 845-292-5400, ext. 2009
  • Meaghan Anstee (students with last names Gan-M): 845-292-5400, ext. 2007
  • Markella Nikolis (students with last names N-Z): 845-292-5400, ext. 2010

The MIDDLE SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS are here!

GRADE 5


Feldberg | Thalmann | Vitale

ELA | Social Studies

  • 1 three-ring binders (1 ½”  wide)
  • 1 subject spiral notebook, with holes to place in binder
  • Dividers

Math | Science

  • 2 three-ring binders

General Supplies

  • Accordion folder
  • Sharpened pencils or mechanical pencils, 3 packages
  • Small pencil cae you can easily carry
  • Erasers
  • Tissues, 2 boxes
  • Highlighters, 1 package
  • Dry erase markers
  • Post-It Notes, 2 packages
  • Headphones
  • A mouse for the Chromebook

Franke | Heinle

  • 2 Three-ring binders, 1 ½” wide, for Math and Science
  • Sharpened pencils, 3 packages
  • Zip pencil case that is easy to carry
  • Loose-leaf paper – wide ruled
  • Headphones
  • A mouse for the chromebook

Wilson

ELA | Social Studies

  • 3 Composition notebooks
  • 3 2-pocket Folders
  • Highlighters, 1 package

Math | Science

  • 2 Composition notebooks
  • 2 Folders (2-pocket)

Additional Supplies

  • Sharpened pencils, 3 packages (no mechanical pencils, please)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener with receptacle to catch shavings
  • Zipper pencil case you can easily carry
  • Erasers
  • Tissues, 1 box
  • Glue sticks, 2 packs
  • Lined paper, 1 pack
  • 1 pack of index cards (3×5)
  • Dry erase markers, 1 pack
  • Post-It Notes, 1 pack

Optional

  • Chromebook stylus

Guido | Herbek

ELA | Social Studies

  • Composition Notebooks
  • Folders, 2
  • Highlighters, 1 package

Math | Science

  • 3-ring binder

Additional Supplies

  • Pens (blue or black ink)
  • Sharpened pencils, 3 packages (no mechanical pencils)
  • Hand-held pencil sharpener with receptacle to catch shavings
  • Small pencil case you can easily carry
  • Erasers
  • Tissues, 1 box
  • Headphones
  • Mouse for the Chromebook
  • Stylus for Chromebook

GRADE 6


ELA | Social Studies

  • Pocket folder
  • 2 Marble/Composition Notebooks

Math | Science

  • Multicolored highlighters
  • 1 binder ( 1 ½ or 2 inch rings)

Additional Supplies

  • 1 Plastic homework folder
  • Pencil case
  • Pencils
  • 2 or more packages of loose leaf paper
  • 1 Box of Tissues
  • Hand Sanitizer

Grade 6 | Cummins


  • 1 Binder (2″)
  • Dividers, 1 set
  • Composition notebook
  • Wide ruled notebook paper, 1 pack
  • Dry erase markers, 1 package
  • Highlighters, 1 set
  • Glue sticks, 1 set

GRADE 7


ELA

  • Headphones/Earbuds
  • 1 Binder (3 ring)
  • Tabs for binder
  • Pocket folder with holes
  • Loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Pens/pencils/highlighter

Math

  • Folder
  • Notebook
  • Pencils
  • Stylus for the Chromebook
  • Scientific calculator TI-30 XIIS

Science

  • Binder (2″ with plastic cover to insert title page)
  • Loose leaf paper or notebook
  • 2 Pocket folders
  • Pens (blue and black only) /#2 Pencils/erasers
  • Highlighters (3-4 colors)
  • Post-its

Purchase by Last name

  • A-E: Washable markers (1 pack of 10-20 colors)
  • F-J: Glue sticks (6-8 sticks)
  • K-O: Liquid glue (2 bottles,  8 oz or 4 oz)
  • P-R: Pom poms (100 pack or larger, any size and color)
  • S-U: Pipe cleaners (100 pack or larger, any size and color)
  • V-Z: Popsicle sticks (150 pack or larger, any color and size)

Social Studies

  • Binder (3 ring)
  • Pocket folder

ENL

  • Headphone/earbuds with microphone attachment
  • 1” binder  and loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Composition notebook
  • 2 pocket folders with holes
  • Pens, pencils and erasers
  • Highlighters
  • Post-its

GRADE 8


ELA

  • Headphones/Earbuds w/microphone attachment
  • 3-ring binder (1″)
  • Tabs for binder
  • Pocket folder with holes
  • Loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Pens/pencils/highlighter

Math

  • Folder
  • Notebook
  • 1.5” Binder (Ms. Martin’s math class)
  • Pencils
  • Stylus for the Chromebook
  • Scientific calculator TI-30 XIIS

Science

  • Binder (3-ring)
  • Loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Pocket folder
  • Book cover
  • Pens/Pencils/erasers

Social Studies

  • Binder (3-ring)
  • Pocket folder

ENL

  • Headphone/earbuds with microphone attachment
  • 1” binder and loose leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • Composition notebook
  • 2 pocket folders with holes
  • Pens, pencils, eraser and highlighters
  • Post-its

Spanish

  • Headphone/earbuds with microphone attachment

Complete all those back-to-school forms with FamilyID

Liberty families can now complete many of the required school documents through FamilyID.

FamilyID offers an easy, one-spot way to sign items such as handbook agreements, media releases, and acceptable use policies. The Liberty Athletics Department has been successfully using FamilyID for several years.

Parents and guardians can  register via the FamilyID link, through which all three Liberty school buildings may be accessed. These links will take you directly to each building’s individual Family ID page:

Then follow these steps:

  1. Click the FamilyID link and select the registration form under “Programs.”
  2. Click the “Register Now” button and scroll to  “Create Account/Log In.”  (Click “Log In” if you already have an account.)
  3. Enter the account owner’s first and last names (parent/guardian), e-mail address and password.
  4. Select “I Agree” to the Terms of Service.
  5. Click “Create Account.”
  6. You’ll receive an email from Family ID. (Check spam and junk folders if you don’t see it).
  7. Click the link in the e-mail.
  8. Complete the information requested.
  9. Click “Continue.” 
  10. Review your registration and click “Submit.”
  11. You’ll receive a confirmation email from FamilyID.

If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at support@familyid.com or call 781-205-2800 x 1

 

Opening with Liberty Pride Guide | LCSD’s plan for the 2021-22 school year

The first day of school is almost here, and we are very excited to welcome everyone back to Liberty schools. The complete Opening with Liberty Pride Guide 2021-22 is available here, and here are some important highlights:

  • All students will attend school five days each week for in-person instruction
  • Masks will be required for all students while in Liberty schools and while on our school buses. Masks will not be required outdoors.
  • While in our buildings, physical distancing of 3 feet will be maintained.
  • Lunch may look a little different. The required physical distancing is 6 feet at lunch, and some students may have their meal in the cafeteria or another appropriate space. Your school building will share details as we get closer to the first day of school.
  • Families will not be asked to purchase Chromebook insurance. LCSD will cover that cost so students will always have a working device.
  • The Elementary School Supply Lists and the Middle School Supply Lists are on the district website!
  • Boys and Girls Club is back and begins Oct. 1. Families will pay a registration fee, but there will be no monthly fee during the 2021-22 school year! Watch for updates from the Boys and Girls Club.
  • ClassLink is coming to the district, enabling our staff and students to access all of their programs and apps with a single sign-on. Details will be shared soon.
  • If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us and follow our Chain of Command Calling Guide, so you’ll always get in touch with the right person.

The first day of school is Sept. 7. We can’t wait to see you!

Liberty introduces ClassLink | Students can access everything they need with one sign on

Liberty is now using ClassLink, a single sign-on platform that allows teachers and students to use one username and password to access everything they need, whether they’re in the classroom or at home.

Families can access ClassLink from their computer or with the ClassLink mobile app, which is available free on the Apple Store, Google Play, or QuickCard by ClassLink (for iPad users who use the QuickCard).

ClassLink can be accessed from computers and mobile devices and is a safe and secure way to ensure your child has access to everything needed for continued learning. ClassLink never collects or shares any personal student information. You can learn more about how privacy is protected here.

Watch this short video to learn more:


ClassLink FAQs

My account is locked. What do I do?

An account gets locked after too many failed login attempts. If this happens, alert your teacher and  verify your username and password.

I’m getting “Access Denied” or “Account not connected” when trying to sign in with Google. Why?

When clicking the Sign In With Google button in ClassLink, Google is signing in with an active Google account, a personal account that does not have access to ClassLink. Make sure to log out of Google. You may go to https://accounts.google.com/Logout to log out of Google. Then go back to your ClassLink login page to log back in. This time, you will be prompted to input your school-issued Google username and password.

I’m getting “HTTP error 400, Request Header is too long.” What do I do?

Clear your browser cookies and cache. Next close and reopen your browser and try logging back in.

My webcam isn’t loading. Why?

Most modern web browsers support WebRTC, which supports easy access to a webcam from web page scripts. However, Safari (on Mac) does not support WebRTC. Install the Google Chrome browser on your Mac.

What is the username and password for an app I clicked on?

If you are prompted for a username and password after clicking an app and you are unaware of your username and password for that app, the best option is to contact your teacher or Liberty’s technology department.

What is my Google Classroom or Teams Class Code?

Google Classroom classes are created and managed by the teacher. Please contact your teacher for the class code. If you are going to Classroom.google.com directly (outside of ClassLink) and it’s trying to log in to a different account, go to https://accounts.google.com to check other active accounts, log out of Google then login with your school Google account.

The ClassLink LaunchPad Extension on Safari is disabled. What do I do?

  • After you install the ClassLink LaunchPad Extension for the Safari browser, go into the Safari Preferences menu and click on Extensions.
  • Enable the extension by clicking on the checkbox to the left. See the screenshot below.

What if I still need help?

If you have questions or need assistance,  contact Liberty’s tech support team or email the ClassLink helpdesk.

Julia Almodoval wins grand prize in poster contest

Liberty Middle School student Julia Almodoval recently received the Grand Prize winner in the 24th Annual Alcohol, Tobacco, Gambling & Drug Abuse Poster Contest, sponsored by the Administration and Prevention Services.

More than 200 posters were submitted from other students throughout Sullivan County.

The contest was divided in three Grade Categories: Elementary, Middle and High School in both languages English and Spanish.

Julia’s poster was professionally reproduced and distributed in all schools in Sullivan County and New York state.

Strassman to retire as educator but not as role model

One of Liberty Central School District’s respected educators is hanging up his badge. After 20+ years of arriving early, staying late and greeting students and teachers with a handshake and a smile, revered Liberty’s Middle/High School Principal Jack Strassman will be leaving at the close of this school year.

A fixture in the district for 23 years, Mr. Strassman has always been a spokesperson for Liberty Pride. He bleeds red and white. His students, staff and colleagues love him, have learned from him and will miss him tremendously.

Mr. Strassman started his career in education in 1979. He worked in New York City before joining the Liberty community as elementary school principal in 1995. During his tenure at Liberty, he’s served as elementary school co-principal and middle school co-principal, middle school principal and high school principal before becoming the sole principal of the middle and high school.

Mr. Strassman is the epitome of what it means to do your job with consistency and a genuine love for a school and community. If you were to ask him what his best memories at Liberty were, you’d need to block off an entire day to listen to his stories.

In fact, his office is steeped in Liberty history from top to bottom. In his gallery of Liberty relics, he proudly displays photographs, newspaper clippings, awards and accolades, student artwork and letters, graduation programs, yearbooks, gifts and other memorabilia.

“I just remember having lots of fun and being so proud,” Mr. Strassman said as he flipped through old photos and school memorabilia, recognizing names and faces from 15+ years ago. “I think your best moments are when your school, your faculty, your staff and your students are recognized.”

Everyone remembers the teachers who inspired them to pursue greatness/ Instead, Mr. Strassman remembers the students who inspired him. He reflects often on the classes that he had the pleasure of growing with from elementary to middle to high school. Some of them he’s still quite close with and many of them he hired as teachers.

Now he’s getting ready to retire. But don’t think he’s going sit at home relaxing. Walking, hiking and catching a baseball game are among his favorite activities, but he’ll be doing much more than that. He has plans to hike the red rock canyons in Utah, sample the freshest foods in California and catch some rays in Florida.

With heavy hearts, teachers, students and their families will bid farewell to Mr. Strassman on graduation day, June 23.

LMS selected as model school for RtI Demonstration Project

The district is excited to announce that Liberty Middle School has been chosen by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Office of Instructional Support as one of ten middle schools in the state of New York to participate in its Middle School Response to Intervention (RtI) Demonstration Project.

But wait, what IS RtI?

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a model used to provide research-based high quality systematic instruction and interventions that address student’s individual needs by measuring the level of progress and performance of students over time. RtI is about general education and represents an educational strategy “to close achievement gaps for all students including at risk-academically and behaviorally, students with disabilities, English Language Learners, and academically talented learners preventing smaller learning problems from becoming insurmountable gaps.”

And that’s where a school’s RTI Problem-Solving Team (or ‘RtI Team’) comes in. The RtI team is responsible for assembling customized intervention plans with teachers to help their students who are experiencing achievement difficulties, academically or behaviorally.

In short…
Response to Intervention is the practice of providing high-quality instruction/intervention. This instruction begins in the general education classroom and may be provided by a variety of school personnel. The students’ progress is closely monitored to assess their learning rate and level of performance.

The components of RtI are:

  • quality, research-based instruction
  • at least one screening a year for all students
  • instruction matched to student needs
  • progress monitoring to assess student progress toward meeting goals
  • data driven decision making; and
  • parent notification

What does the RtI Demonstration Project mean for Liberty Middle School?
The state has recognized Liberty Middle School as a school that is integrally involved—and has the potential to be linchpins—in planning and implementing RTI initiatives.

As part of the project, members of the middle school’s RtI team will receive continual professional development training and webinars with prominent experts in all things RtI.

Over the course of a three year period, teachers and staff will apply what they have learned and share their progress and help NYSED create a data-driven prevention/intervention framework for all schools across the state to adopt.

What should students and parents expect from the LMS RtI Team?
Participation in the demonstration will likely equip us with valuable tools for assessing our current RtI procedures as well as collecting and analyzing program and student achievement data.

The school will receive training and technical assistance about an additional student support option particularly successful with those who struggle academically despite traditional support and instruction.

The school is excited to share what it learns with its students and parents and looks forward to its journey in ensuring that all students thrive educationally, socially and emotionally.

Who should I contact if I have questions about RtI?
Please reach out to the Assistant Director of Student Services, Patrick Sullivan, at psullivan@libertyk12.org or (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.   

 

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