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As Liberty Elementary School District begins 2022, here's a look at what our schools and community have been up to and what lies ahead. If you haven't already, click on the icons below to follow us on social media. 
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Time to Register for Kindergarten

Kindergarten is key to giving your child a good start to their education. Studies show that students who attended full-day kindergarten had better academic outcomes the following year, were more self-confident, and were better at playing with others.

In fact, kindergarten has been shown to boost academic gains for students well into their educational career. Today, kindergarten is much different from when you went to school. Kindergarten doesn’t just prepare students to move on to elementary school, it prepares children academically for the challenges ahead of them.

A typical kindergarten day includes the following:

  • Language and literacy instruction
    • Including oral language development
    • Vocabulary building
    • Phonics
    • Guided and shared reading
    • Integration of social studies, science and math with language activities
  • Writing
    • Journaling
    • Sharing
    • Individual connected sentences
  • Math
    • Sorting
    • Graphing
    • Addition
    • Subtraction.     
Find registration details HERE.

Open Enrollment is Around the Corner

Arizona is an open enrollment state. This allows parents to apply for admission to any public school, as long as classroom space is available.

Open Enrollment in the Liberty Elementary School District (LESD) runs from January 15 to March 15 for all grade levels.

Parents choose to open enroll their child in another school or school district for a variety of different reasons such as the program offerings, the teaching philosophy, extracurricular activities or a closer proximity to work.
 

Learn more about the LESD Open Enrollment requirements and process HERE.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are coming up soon! They're held primarily on January 12-13. However, be on the lookout for specific communication from your child's teacher. Conferences are the perfect opportunity to collaboratively set academic and/or behavioral goals with your child's teacher.

Teacher Feature:
Kendra Goodere

From Liberty student to teacher and possibly administrator some day:                  Click or tap on video to view feature on Mrs. Goodere.

Get a Glimpse Inside Liberty Elementary School District

It’s not a magic school bus, but it is an informative one! A unique opportunity is coming up Thursday, February 10. The Liberty Elementary School District (LESD) is hosting its second Patron Bus Tour of the school year.
 

This upcoming tour will visit LESD’s newest school, Blue Horizons, and then Freedom Elementary. Your bus tour guide is none other than Superintendent, Dr. Lori Shough. Once at the schools, you’ll be greeted by students and the principal for each campus. 
 

At the schools, you’ll have the opportunity to get a tour and see the great work of our teachers and students in person. The tour is designed to be informative, showcasing each school’s signature program. It’s also a great opportunity to ask questions. 
 

The tour will begin at the LESD District office, 19871 W. Fremont Road in Buckeye. Check-in for the tour is from 8:00-8:15 a.m. The entire tour experience will wrap up around 10:45 a.m. 
 

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by clicking HERE.

Child Tax Credit Payments

Many families got up to half of their estimated 2021 Child Tax Credit as advance payments last year. However, filing a tax return is the only way to get the remaining amount of the credit. So, those who aren't used to filing a return will have to do so this year to get that money. 

The IRS will also be mailing out a 'Letter 6419' to anyone who received advance payments. It's important to open and keep that letter when it arrives.

Closing Literacy Gap

At the start of the 2021 - 2022 school year a strategic plan was put into place to support our youngest learners, kinder through third grade, to improve their literacy skills. 
 

Teachers continue to receive training to support their implementation of the systematic phonics program, Reading Horizons.  Reading Horizons professional development for teachers includes comprehensive workshops, modeling, video taping, planning sessions, and observation followed by instructional conferencing. 
 

Reading Interventionists meet with teachers, administrators, and special education teachers to analyze student data and form small instructional groups based on student reading needs.  These Professional Learning Communities collaborate every four weeks to ensure student growth and accuracy of your student instructional needs.  Liberty is taking a team approach to meeting the literacy needs of our youngest readers.  
 

Campuses have increased use of ReadLive, a web-based intervention which applies research-based strategies to accelerate reading achievement. The program uses visual and auditory prompts to guide students through the systematic steps, to develop literacy skills.

Read Live specifically targets our second grade students with ample opportunities to access informative text at their instructional reading level. 

Many of our teachers are seeing successes in the classrooms as students begin to show growth with their reading skills.  Our Kindergarten students at every site are showing great gains. Our Kindergarteners reading at grade level have more than doubled.

In first grade, phonics skills are improving. Numbers nearly doubled with the amount of first graders who are automatic with sounds and fluent with blending. Once students are automatic with sounds and blending they can read simple words and are ready to take off reading text.

Our second graders are shifting from learning to read to reading for meaning! Recent data shows an increase with students' ability to retell what they have read accurately and with elaboration.

In third grade, we are seeing more and more students moving up out of the “High Risk” category. This is the movement we like to see! Our K-3 teachers, reading interventionists, and students are continuously working hard and seeing gains with students becoming proficient readers and improving comprehension.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Liberty Elementary School is hosting a free COVID-19 vaccine clinic for the community. Individuals wishing to be vaccinated are encouraged to register online HERE

Walk-ups are welcome but not guaranteed. The vaccines are offered at no cost to all community members, with no copays or financial burden for administering the vaccine. The vaccine that will be used is from Pfizer, and anyone 5 years and older can receive it.

  • When: Saturday, January 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Liberty Elementary School
    • 19871 W Fremont Rd, Buckeye AZ 85372
  • What to take:
    • Insurance card encouraged but not required
    • Face mask at vaccination site

Read Aloud Challenge

As the old saying goes, "practice makes perfect," and this could not be more true in regards to reading fluently. Establishing a consistent reading habit benefits children's vocabulary, comprehension, and fluency development.

It also helps students make sense of the world around them. January is the perfect time to initiate a reading challenge at home.

Click HERE to learn more about the Read Aloud Challenge.

LESD Named 'Best-in-Class' Employer

The Liberty Elementary School District is honored to be named a 2021 ‘Best-in-Class Employer’ by Gallagher, a consulting, risk management and insurance firm. 
 

Gallagher’s ‘Best-in-Class’ awards recognize employers that excel in supporting their employees’ physical, emotional, career and financial well-being for better organizational outcomes. 
 

“This is definitely an honor, one that is a reflection of the collective efforts of district, site, and department leadership. As a whole, we work really hard to fulfill our mission of creating curious, confident problem solvers prepared for tomorrow. So long as we keep our focus on those we serve, awards and recognitions such as this validate our daily work,” said Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, Jason Nuttall.  
 

Gallagher will release further details on the award and other winners in the coming weeks.

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