We miss you! | Let’s reconnect at the June 16 “Liberty Forward and Beyond” event

Families are invited to reconnect with Liberty’s teachers and staff at the June 16 “Liberty Forward and Beyond! A Look Into Next School Year” meet-and-greet event, which will be held 5:30-6:45 p.m. Wednesday, June 16 at Liberty High School.

Parents and students are encouraged to stop by this casual, outdoor mixer, which will be held under the high school’s entrance pavilion. Light refreshments will be served.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has made it difficult for many of us to stay connected, but let’s get together to talk about what we’ve been through and what the next school year might look like. “Liberty Forward and Beyond” will include updates from district leaders about the coming 2021-22 school year and the opportunity meet and chat with:

  • Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan
  • Elementary School Principal Jacqueline Harris and Assistant Principal Robert England
  • Middle School Principal Heather Cheh
  • High School Principal Derek Adams
  • Experts from the Sullivan County Department of Health
  • Liberty Library’s Marjorie Linko, who will tellus about the library’s summer programming for K-8 students
  • Pre-K and kindergarten teachers, who will share  summer literacy materials for parent

We hope you’ll join us!

Author Sarah Weeks visits LMS

A portrait of an adult
Sarah Weeks

Social distancing and hybrid learning didn’t stop the middle school from having their annual Author Day on June 9.  This year it was virtual and well attended.  Sarah Weeks first visited Liberty Middle School five years ago. She is extra special to us because her book, “So B. It,” is partly set in Liberty.  All Liberty fifth grade students read this book in Library Skills class.

Weeks, a Sullivan County resident, told us about how she became a writer (she used to write songs for Sesame Street), where she gets her inspiration (old houses around Sullivan County), and when she likes to write (usually about 4 am!).  The program ended with our students asking her some very thoughtful questions.

Weeks has written more than 60 picture books and novels for young readers, including “So B. It,” “Soof, Pie, Save Me a Seat” and the Regular Guy series.

The Grade 8 Moving Up ceremony is June 23

Liberty Middle School is pleased to announce that the Grade 8 Moving Up ceremony will be in person and will be held 6 p.m. June 23 in the high school gymnasium!

Each student is limited to two guests, and guests must sign up prior to the event to attend. The Moving-Up will also be livestreamed here, on the LCSD YouTube channel.

The following health guidelines will apply:

  • Two guests per student
  • Masks required
  • 3 foot social distancing
  • No food or drinks permitted

Questions? Please contact your child’s teacher or guidance counselor.

New CDC guidance allows for 3′ social distancing on school buses

Updated guidance from the CDC has enabled the district to revise our school bus protocols.

Beginning immediately, students should remain 3 feet apart while on a school bus. Children from the same household may sit together. (This new guidance replaces the prior protocol, which called for a distance of 6 feet between students.)

Students must continue to wear masks while riding the school bus. When possible, school bus windows should be open to enhance ventilation, the CDC says.

The health and safety of our students will always be our priority, and the district will continue to follow the recommendations of the CDC and state and local health departments as more is learned about COVID-19 and how to prevent its transmission. 

If you have any questions about the updated bus ridership protocols, please email Rodney Asse, Interim School Business Official, or call 845-292-6171.

Camp Invention is coming to Liberty this summer | In-person and remote camp available

Camp Invention, a week-long STEM summer program for students in kindergarten through Grade 6, will again be offered at Liberty Middle School this August. In person and remote programs are available.

Campers in grades K-6 will team up to take on fun, hands-on STEM challenges. From taking apart their own microphone to exploring solar-powered crickets and creating duck-launching devices, each activity is designed to give young innovators an unforgettable summer experience.

Camp Invention will be held Aug. 16-20. The cost per student is $235.

Discounts are available:

  • Save $25 with code RECHARGE25 (expires May 26)

To register, visit  www.Invent.org/Camp or call 800-968-4332. For more information email camp director Stefanie Benjamin.

Summer school offered at LMS for Grades 7-12

In person academic summer school and special education will be offered to students in grades 7-12 at Liberty Middle School.

Summer classes will be held Monday-Thursday, beginning July  6 and continuing through Aug. 12. Classes will meet in air conditioned classsrooms and transportation will be available as per district policy.

There will be three sessions:

  • Period 1
    7:50 – 9:50 a.m.
  • Period 2
    9:55 – 11:55 a.m.
  • Period 3
    12 – 2:00 p.m.

Liberty’s middle and high school guidance counselors will register eligible students.

For more information please contact your child’s guidance counselor.

The Music Department’s annual discount card sale is happening now!

The Liberty Central School District Music Department has officially kicked off its annual discount card sale.

Discount cards can be purchased online at Ultimate Fundraising and will be delivered to your address. Liberty, Monticello and Middletown cards are available.

Cards are $12 each; Buy five cards/get one free.

Here’s how to purchase:

  • Visit the Ultimate Fundraising website
  • Add your email address and click the “DONATE” button
  • Ignore the money boxes unless you want to donate without purchasing cards or would like to add a donation amount to your order.
  • Calculate the number of cards you need and multiply by $12.
  • Click  on “OTHER” and type in your total purchase amount.  You will see a box that will let you add money to your order as a donation. Just click “other” and nothing will be added to your total.
  • Add your email and click next.
  • Pay by credit card, debit card or paypal.  In the “add a message” box is where you note the card you want.  Example:  10 Liberty, 5 Monticello, 2 Middletown. This is also where you will list which free card(s)  you want.
  • CLICK the “MAKE MY DONATION ANONYMOUS” box. This will prevent others from seeing your address.

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

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