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January 25, 2015
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There is still time to submit a Wall of Fame nomination!
The district will accept nominations for inductees to the Liberty District Wall of Fame until the end of the month. Learn more

Rotary presents information about water filtration in Haiti
On Monday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. in the Library Media Center, Mr. Gary Siegel will present information about his recent trip to Haiti. Mr. Siegel's trip to Haiti was sponsored by the Rotary Club which is working on a project to bring water filtration systems to this country so devastated by hurricanes. This presentation is open to all staff and students. LHS Interact, Student Council and Honor Society members are urged to attend. Please see Mrs. Medina in room 104 for more information.

4-H hosts free International Night
The public is invited to an evening of culture-inspired youth displays and performances representing diverse profiles from around the world at the Gerald J. Skoda Extension Education Center on Feb. 7. learn more.

Information for families about school and extreme cold
Under certain conditions, outlined here, extreme cold can cause school to be delayed or closed.  We hope this information is helpful for our students, families and staff to know more about our decision-making process.

Stay informed about snow closings and delays
With the winter season closely approaching, now seems like a good time to review how Liberty schools handle weather-related closings and delays. Learn more

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 27
The next regular board meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 27 in the HS Media Center at 7 p.m. The agenda will be available on Monday, Jan. 26. minutes, agendas, archives

What's for lunch?
Click here to view the lunch menus for January.

Free Financial Aid Workshop at SUNY Sullivan
How to best finance your son or daughter's college education can be confusing! Families who want to learn the ins and outs of financial aid are invited to a free workshop at SUNY Sullivan on Saturday, Feb. 7. read more

Food donations needed for Snack Pack Program 
‘Tis the season to start gathering donations of food for the district’s Snack Pack Program. Through the program, children who are at risk of hunger during the weekends are given special backpacks filled with nutritious foods. Learn more

Donations are needed to help get through the longer holiday break. If you would like to donate food or money to the program, contact Director of Student Services Eileen Whitaker at or (845) 292-5400 ext. 5112.

LHS chosen as Semi-Finalist for GRAMMY Signature School Award
The GRAMMY foundation announced that LHS has been selected as a GRAMMY Signature Schools semifinalist for 2015. This award is designed to honor exceptional public high school music programs across the country with special awards and grants up to $6,000. Learn more about the award here.

Spaces are available in Liberty Elementary's preschool program

This is a half day morning or afternoon program designed to prepare children for kindergarten by building the foundation of Common Core literacy and math. more

New York's students likely to have multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical (CTE) option
At its Oct. meeting, the Board of Regents voted to authorize the State Education Department to finalize a plan that will allow New York's students to choose among multiple pathways to graduation, including a career and technical pathway. more 

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District-wide Events
2/7 – Annual Jazz Festival, MS Gym, 1-9 p.m. (snow date: 2/8)
2/13 – 2/17- All schools closed

Board of Education Meetings
1/27 –
Board of Education regular meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m.
2/10 – Board of Education regular meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m.
2/24 –
Board of Education regular meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m.

minutes, agendas, archives

Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 9-12

1/26 – 1/29 –  N.Y.S Regents Exams
1/30 – Second Marking Period ends
2/6 – Second Marking Period report cards mailed home
2/18 – 9/10 Honor Roll Breakfast, 9:45 a.m.
2/19 - 11/12 Honor Roll Breakfast, 9:45 a.m.

Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 5-8 
1/30 – Second Marking Period ends
2/6 – Second Marking Period report cards mailed home
2/18 – Grade 5 Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.
2/19 – Grade 6 Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.
2/23 – Grade 7 Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.
2/24 – Grade 8 Honor Roll Breakfast, 8:15 a.m.
2/25 – Grades 5/6 BUG Awards, 2:15 p.m.
2/26 – Grades 5/6 BUG Awards, 2:15 p.m.

Liberty Elementary School: Grades PreK-4

Liberty Public Library Events

1/20- 2/16 – Go on a Blind Date with a Book: The library’s “Blind Date with a Book” display has a variety of books wrapped up in secretive paper so you won't know the title until you get home. Anyone who reads a book and completes a questionnaire reviewing it will be eligible to pick up a free candy bar.

1/27 – Battle of the Books Informational Meeting at 5 p.m.: Students in 6-12 grade are invited to join the Liberty Public Library's team and compete against other libraries in a trivia contest that will test your knowledge of books.

1/29 – Book Discussion Group at 1 p.m.: They will be discussing The Secret Daughter by S. Gowda. New members always welcome; books are available at the circulation desk.

2/2 – Senior Coffee Club at 10:30 a.m.: Bonnie Lewis, RN and Care Coordinator will discuss Home Safety for Seniors. Coffee and pastries will be provided by the Friends of Liberty Library.

2/21 or 3/21 – Get your taxes done for free from 10 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Volunteers trained and certified as tax counselors will prepare and e-file your Federal and State tax returns at the library for free. You must make a one hour appointment by calling the library at (845)292-6070.

Ongoing Events:

Story Hour for Toddlers and Preschoolers is held every Wed. at 10:40 a.m.

Knitters & Crocheters Club is held every Tues. at 10:00 a.m.

The LHS "My Point of View" Photography Display will be shown now through Feb. 24

Library Offers Overdrive eBooks and eMagazines: The current issues of 45 popular magazines can be downloaded here for 7 day periods.

 winter 2015

Students Recognized for Positive Behavior

28 middle school students posed for a photo and reflected on the impact of positive reinforcement on their school community as part of a monthly PBIS recognition celebration at Liberty Middle School.

PBIS stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and is a school-wide student behavior improvement model that the school implemented to develop positive behavior to create a positive climate for learning.

Students are regularly are recognized by staff and teachers for demonstrating a safe, responsible, and respectful character and presented with a prize.

This December, Principal Jack Strassman decided to recognize teachers as well.
“I’ve always felt strongly that recognizing students and teachers for their efforts encourages others to follow suit,” he said. “It’s a fun way to remind teachers that they are doing a great job as positive role models or our students.”

Click here for a video.

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