SCHEDULE ALERT | LIBERTY SCHOOLS ARE ALL REMOTE MARCH 10 and MARCH 11

Free meals for kids, teens| COVID-19 | The 2020-21 School Year

Help LCSD plan the 2021-22 school year | Join the Post-Pandemic Team

The district is seeking volunteers to help us plan the 2021-22 school year.

It’s still too early to make predictions, but we are hopeful that by September 2021, updated CDC and NYS Public Health guidelines may allow the district to bring more students into our school buildings and that more extracurricular activities and events may resume.

That’s why we’re asking parents, students, Board of Education members, community members, LCSD teachers and staff, and representatives of Liberty’s community groups to join us as we prepare to welcome more students back into our schools. The Post-Pandemic Team will meet several times, with meetings held during the day and in the evenings.

If you are interested in joining the team, please fill out the Post-Pandemic Team Interest Form and help Liberty plan for a great new school year!

Please help us make Liberty an even greater place to learn | Take this confidential survey

The Liberty Central School District is committed to providing your children with a high-quality education, embracing changes that meet their diverse needs, and forging strong relationships with our community. It’s important work, and your involvement is critical.

That’s why we’re once again asking parents and guardians of Liberty students to participate in our Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey, which is open Feb. 23 through March 12, 2021.

 Survey questions address school leadership, curriculum, instruction, social-emotional learning, and parent and community engagement. It’s a great opportunity to have a community-wide conversation about how we can provide all students with the skills and support they need.

Parents and guardians will receive an email invitation and survey link, and you can take the survey on any computer, tablet or smartphone. You may also take the DTSDE Survey here. Paper surveys in English and Spanish are available in the front offices of all LCSD schools.

 The district is partnering with K12 Insights, an independent research firm, to administer the survey and compile results. All responses are confidential and no one from the district will know who participates or how they respond, so please be candid. Teachers and students in grades 3-12 will also take the survey.

By working together, know we can prepare every student for success. Thank you for your continued support of the district and our students.

 

Student Meal Survey | Did you know free student grab-and-go meals are available?

Did you know that free student meals are available to all children in the Liberty community age 18 and under?

Please fill out this Food Delivery Survey to help the district make sure everyone who wants the free meals is able to receive them.

Meals are available 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. on all school days, including all-remote days. The program is administered by the USDA and NYSED Child Nutrition Program at no cost to the Liberty Central School District and was implemented to help ease food insecurity faced by families during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Look for the grab-and-go table near the High School loading dock (near the basketball hoop.)

All children 18 and under are eligible, no questions asked. Adults can pick up meals to bring home to their children, and older kids can pick up meals for their siblings at home.

Be Ready for Fall Sports on Monday, March 1

Fall sports including Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Girls Tennis will begin practice on Monday, March 1. Contact your coach for more information.

All athletes must register on Family ID and have a current sports physical. Athletes who are unable to get a physical may have their parents fill out the Interval Health Exam Form For Athletics. This form should be filled out, printed, signed and returned to the school nurse

No more snow days this school year | District will go all-remote during weather-related closures

Dear Liberty families,

Each year, the district schedules snow days, which allow us to cancel school in bad weather and still ensure that our students receive 180 days of instruction, as is required by New York State Education Law.

For the 2020-21 school year we scheduled eight extra days into our calendar to allow for snow days and other unexpected closings, and on Friday, Feb. 19, we used our last one. In typical school years this would mean that the district would have to “take back” days from our scheduled breaks, like spring break or the long Memorial Day weekend.

This school year has been anything but typical, and though it has brought great challenges it has also taught us new ways to teach and to learn. In the event that Liberty school buildings must close again for inclement weather or another unforeseen circumstance, we will have an All Remote Day. This way our students will have the required instructional time and we will not have to take days away from the breaks and long weekends that we all look forward to.

We’ll notify you of Remote Days with our SchoolMessenger mass messaging system (robocall, email, and text message) the same way we notify our students, staff and community of Snow Days, Emergency Closings, and Delays. Remote Days will also be posted to the LCSD website.

SchoolMessenger uses the contact information that parents/guardians have on file with the district through SchoolTool to send you notifications. To update your contact information, please reach out the main office of your child’s school.

With Liberty Pride,

Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore,
Superintendent of Schools

From Principals Adams and Cheh | Mr. Hamlin joins LHS staff

Dear parents, guardians and students,

There are staffing changes occurring that we want to make you aware of now that they are official. Mr. Tyler Vervalin, one of our Physical Education teachers, has submitted his resignation and his last day will be Feb. 19, 2021. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors and thank him for his service to Liberty High School.

We are proud to announce that Mr. Scott Hamlin will be joining LHS on Feb. 22, and will teach all of the classes and students associated with Mr. Vervalin’s responsibilities. Mr. Hamlin has taught Physical Education and Health at LMS for over six years and has coached various teams at LMS and LHS during that time. We are sure that he will be a great asset to LHS and will ensure a smooth transition between leaving LMS and beginning at LHS.

In order to meet the needs of our students at LMS, the vacant position has been posted and we will begin our hiring process.

We will continue to update you as new information becomes available. If you have any questions please feel free to reach out.

All the Best,

Derek Adams
Principal, Liberty High School

Heather Cheh
Principal, Liberty Middle School

WiFi on Wheels: School bus converted into mobile classroom to keep kids connected

Six students work at computer stations inside of a converted school bus
The converted school bus brings internet access to students who don’t have wifi service at home.

Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther, Rolling V Bus Corp., Sullivan 180 and Sullivan BOCES have partnered to create an innovative remote-learning environment providing Internet access for students: a mobile classroom in a converted school bus.

The mobile classroom enables students to learn remotely while being socially distanced. Development of the concept began when the group discussed the need after the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools in the spring of 2020. The project came to fruition when Assemblywoman Gunther obtained $7,000 for the initiative, and Rolling V repurposed a school bus. Seats were either removed or rotated to create separate work stations for students, and electric and Internet access was installed.

“The partnership among my office, Rolling V Bus Corp., Sullivan 180 and Sullivan BOCES has been a fantastic example of how we can work together to provide innovative and vital services to the students of Sullivan County,” Assemblywoman Gunther said. “Thanks to the Mobile Classroom, students throughout the county will be able to access high-speed Internet to help them learn remotely as we make our way through the pandemic.”

The  pandemic closed many school buildings and inspired remote learning. Most students and teachers use Google classroom, requiring consistent, reliable online access. However, some students lacked online access to their classrooms due to no broadband, poor connections or insufficient hotspots. Hurdles for some also included the inability to travel to where Internet access was available. Students facing these obstacles were left with no online learning options.

“This pandemic has shown that reliable broadband internet service must be expanded throughout the County, and we have seen the immense hardship placed on families that currently lack this access. This is a creative short-term solution to help our children meet the new demands of schooling while we continue to push for a more robust broadband infrastructure in the County. I am always proud to see the productive and inventive collaborations that our community creates in response to crisis and I am proud to have been a part of this project,” added Assemblywoman Gunther.

“At Rolling V, we’re fully invested in our students and could not sit by and let the COVID-19 pandemic impair their opportunities to learn,” said Rolling V CEO Phil Vallone. “This bus will provide an educational haven for students who may have nowhere else to turn to gain online access to their classes and studies.”

“We are proud to collaborate with Assemblywoman Gunther, Rolling V and Sullivan 180 to create educational access in this new, exciting way. This project builds upon our mission to support learning opportunities within our community,” said Robert M. Dufour, Ed.D, District Superintendent/CEO at Sullivan BOCES. “Our teams worked well together and were thrilled to come up with this innovative mobile classroom. Students and staff from our career and technical education (CTE) welding and construction programs were instrumental in conceptualizing and creating the workstations for the mobile learning environment.”

Timothy Dirie, a CTE Welding student in the Liberty Central School District, was one of the students who built the workstations’ frames. “I enjoy building things with my hands, and it was an added bonus that I could help other students and the community with this project. I think the mobile classroom is a perfect solution for those who do not have Internet for their classes,” said Dirie.

Dufour said that it’s exciting that this innovative mobile classroom is available to all Sullivan County students, not just BOCES students. School districts can reserve use of the mobile classroom on their remote instruction days.

The vision for the mobile classroom’s use stretches beyond the pandemic. Rolling V and BOCES plan on continued access to schools and community organizations like Sullivan 180, the Center for Workforce Development, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Sullivan Allies Leading Together (SALT) and Sullivan Renaissance. Other options include job fairs, education tours, showcasing of community programs and other considerations that would benefit the community.

“The solution BOCES has worked out with Rolling V is wonderfully creative and collaborative, and it will provide a much-needed service,” said Legislature Vice Chair Michael Brooks, who also chairs the Sullivan County Broadband Local Development Corporation (LDC). “But it’s also evidence of why we need to provide high-speed wireless Internet service across Sullivan County, so that our kids get all the educational opportunities they deserve, right where they live, 24/7. That’s exactly what the Sullivan County Broadband LDC is aiming to achieve, and we are thrilled to have BOCES District Superintendent Robert Dufour as a member of our LDC’s talented and accomplished board.”

“I’m so grateful that the Liberty Central School District has been chosen to pilot this innovative approach to bringing much needed technological resources to our students,” said Liberty Central School District Superintendent Augustine E. Tornatore, Ed.D.

Dr. Tornatore said the district has been providing “hot spots” to Liberty students without Internet access, but that isn’t always enough. The WiFi signal can still be weak, and some local students lack a proper place to do their school work. Isolation has also been a challenge for many children. “This bus brings us a step closer to leveling the playing field,” he said. “The pandemic has exposed many inequities faced by students throughout New York, and Liberty is no exception. I know our students will benefit greatly, and I thank everyone who helped to make it happen.”

Congratulations to the Middle School’s Second Quarter Honor Roll students!

We are so proud of all of our Liberty Middle School scholars!

To be on the Honor Roll students must have an overall average of 90 to 96. The Principal’s Honor Roll requires an average of 97 to 100.

Second Quarter Honor Roll | 2020-21


Grade 5 Principal’s Honor Roll

Allen, Colten Jay Alexander
Chaudhary, Vraj J
Cordero Lima, Keven Aneudi
Gandulla, Belle Olga
Juron, Tyler A
Kavleski, Hunter
Kristiansen, Shea-Leigh Mae
McNamara, Patrick Nathan
Perez Sanchez, Anai
Ponce Agredano, Adriana
Zeeshan, Zuhaa

Grade 5 Honor Roll

Amaya Bonilla, Stephanie Jazmine
Chadwick, Leilah Jamilah
Corbett, Hope M
Diaz, Jayden Whilmer
Dowe, Ethan Joseph
Duarte, Sophia Danielle
Duffy, Tyler Anthony
Figueroa, McKayla
Flores, Janelis Sujey
Golzak, Brooke Sky
Gomez Nivelo, Stephanie Michelle
Gonzalez, Rafael Andres
Herbek, Leah
Hoag, Logan M
Isele, Crystal I
Jones, Jacob Michael
LaGattuta, Lena Margaret
Leon Gavilan, Adriana
Mathurin, Jayden
Miralle Jr, Peter Jovan
Monzon Del Cid, Josue Alexander
Quiroz Ramirez, Gimena Y
Saunders, Enaiya Nazaria
Steinberg, Baileigh Rean
Tocco, Michael Patton
Travers, Lindsey
Williams, Mason Cole
Wilson, Jackson Timothy
Ziegler, Sophia Marie

Grade 6 Principal’s Honor Roll

Baumander, Jill Marisa
Fountain, LeonJahnae Skye
Medina Orellana, Mariely
Ponce Vazquez, Lucio
Sellers, Ruth Maria
Vasko, Allison Grace

Grade 6 Honor Roll

Aguilar Reyes, Yanelis Xiomara
Aliers Amparo, Derick X
Alvord, Zackary Thomas
Amendola, Gianino S
Anderson, Ky’mani Eimaj
Angamarca, Jayson David
Aubain, Tyleal Lebron
Boyles, Dennis M
Casholle, Mackenzie Michelle
Corrigan, Olivia L
Crespo, Liliana Marie
Danzilo, Hudson
Dasraj, Colin
Frunzi, Austin John
Fuller, Kylie Paige
Garcia Gonzalez, Yamilet
Hadjstylianos, Peyton C
Klein, Peyton
Klys, Bartlomiej M
Lisacchi, Gabriella Rose
Mateo Cruz, Bridgette Naomi
Navarrete, Elizabeth
Osorio Ramirez, Angele
Panama Guaillazaca, Katherine Lizbeth
Perez Sanchez, Giselle
Young, Lige Ameer
Yupanqui, Sebastian William

Grade 7 Principal’s Honor Roll

Anguisaca-Llanos, Sheyla Noemi
Benson, Chyanne Brook
Burgio, Carmela Rose
Colin, Angelina Rose
DeFrank, Genna Dawne
DiBartolo, Joseph David
Fitzgerald, Abigail Corrine
Lewis, Gianna Marie
Loyce, DaShaun Jordan
Moore, Serenity J
Pennell, William Jesse
Porter, Brooke Alana
Porter, Cassandra Lee
Schwartz, Tayler
Simon, Justin Paul
Wagner, Isabella Symone
Ward, Weston James
Wheeler, Angela Rose
Will, Cameryn

Grade 7 Honor Roll

Argenal, Cristian Steven
Buckner, Jared Darius
Bury, Addison Rose
Cross, Jake C
Decker Jr., Joshua Walter
DeFrank, Giada Alice
Desrochers, Eli Noel
Fearby, Michael Edward
Galvan Barragan, Axel
Garcia, Damaris
Kelly, Jacob Steven
Klein, Kaley Ann
Leon, Cynthia
Lewis, Maria
Maldonado, Angel Jadiel
Mangan, Brenna Marie
Molina Gavilan, Quelin
Ocasio-Lombardi, Soleil G
Patterson, Quran Elijah
Romero, Phillo
Romero-Bello, Ryan
Ross, Joshua Earl
Sarney, Joseph Camden
Sherwood, Aimee Lynn
Simmons, Jaidon Aaron
Warren, Elijah A
Wherrey, Aiden James

Grade 8 Principal’s Honor Roll

Allen, Quinn A
Bodolosky, Kaitlyn
Chaudhary, Khushi
Dworetsky, James W
Evangelista Jr, Jeffrey
Ferguson, Sophia Grace
Friedland, Chase Christopher
Garzon Ferrufino, Evelin Nayeli
Gissentaner, Lianna Marie
Guanzon, Kristoff Angelo Entoma
Hewlett, Jordan E
Jones, ZaAliyah M
Malaga Gonzalez, Melisa
Moore, Owen
Romero, Annalucia
Sellers, David Alphonso

Grade 8 Honor Roll

Aguilar-Reyes, Elmida Natelis
Alvarez, Endya R
Bertholf, Austin James
Bound, Lewis Forrest
Bustillo Martinez, Jackson Anthony
Call, Noah Harrison
Cruz Lopez, Brayan Gustavo
Davis III, Leroy
Doeinck, Colin
Dworetsky, Olivia D
Fajardo Reyes, Sara Jazel
Friedland, Joshua Aaron
Garrod, Wengele E
Garzon, Sherlyn
Gill, Haley J
Gorr, Mia Elizabeth
Hanofee, Sandra Grace
Hook, Carson
Jordan, Ashley Anacelys
Kosto, Elizabeth
Ledoux, Kenisha Amber
Lopez, Alexsander Caiden
Loucks, Justin Edwards
Loyce, Skylar Denise
Makky, Addison
Malaga Gonzalez, Kimberlin G
McPhillips, Andrew
Murphy, Tobyist D
Norris, Sierra Elizabeth
Olsen, Zachary Barry
Parks, Liam Foley
Perez Sanchez, Jose G
Riley, Mary Grace
Schmidt, Megan
Smith, Brianna Kayla
Smith, Mason Lewis
Taylor, G’niiyah
Werlau, Austin T
Williams, Aaliyah Marie
Williams, Mykenzi M
Wormuth, Hannah Grace
Zheng, Rita

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