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February 27, 2015
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Annual POPS Prism Concert will be held Wednesday, March 4
The high school's music department will present their Annual POPS Prism Concert March 4 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium.  The unique prism concert format allows for a continuous cycle of music as each song flows into the next without applause and minimum interruption. read more

Regular Meeting of the Board will take place March 10
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be Tuesday, March 10 in the high school media center at 6 p.m.  The Board anticipates to enter into executive session at 6 p.m; the regular meeting is expected to resume at 7 p.m. minutes, agendas, archives

What's for lunch?
Click here to view the lunch menus for Feb. 1  - Mar. 6.

Liberty Schools community saddened by death of former Superintendent
Former Superintendent of Schools Brian F. Howard died Friday, February 20 after a fall from a ladder at his home in Troy on Thursday. Dr. Howard was Superintendent of the Liberty Central School District for five years. In 2002, he left Liberty to become Superintendent of the Queensbury Central School District. Our condolences go out to his friends and family at this difficult time. read newspaper article

Information regarding snow days: what happens if the district runs out?
As of Feb. 20, the Liberty Central School District has used six out of seven snow days. According to the one-page 2014-15 district calendar, if the district uses all seven snow days before the next Conference Day on Friday, Mar. 13, that day will become a regular school day. If an additional day is needed, then Monday, Apr. 6 will also become a regular school day.

To Delay or Not To Delay: Making the Call for Schools in Winter Weather
Each winter storm brings its own unique set of challenges, which Liberty Central School District officials take into account when deciding whether to open school on time. Behind each decision is a delicate balance of educational and safety priorities, first-hand observations and weather forecasts, which sometimes miss the mark.

Click here to learn more about the factors involved in decision to open school on time on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.

LPA present "The Sound of Music" on Mar. 20 and 21
Liberty Performing arts will present the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" at 7 p.m. on Mar. 20 and 21 in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School. The cost of the tickets is $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students and senior citizens. read 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

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 econwaywhitaker@libertyk12.org 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
3/6
– All-County Music Festival 4-9 p.m., Monticello High School
3/7
– All-County Music Festival 8:30 a.m.- 7 p.m., Monticello High School
3/20 – LPA production of “Sound of Music”, 7p.m., high school auditorium
3/21 – LPA production of “Sound of Music”, 7p.m., high school auditorium
3/13 – School Closed for Conference Day

Board of Education Meetings
2/24 –
Board of Education regular meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m.
3/17 – Board of Education regular meeting, HS Media Center, 7 p.m.
minutes, agendas, archives

Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 9-12

3/4 – Annual POPS Concert, 7 p.m., high school auditorium
3/5 – Annual POPS Concert snow date
3/11 – JV and Varsity Winter Sports Recognition, 6 p.m.
3/16 – Modified Spring Sports begin

Liberty Middle/High School: Grades 5-8 
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.
3/19 – MS Parent-Teacher Conferences 5:30p.m.

Liberty Elementary School: Grades PreK-4

Liberty Public Library Events

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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