May 20, 2020
Connected to Liberty Union-Thurston Schools,
Tomorrow is the last day of school for the
2019-2020 school year! We made it! We cannot thank you enough for
your patience, flexibility, and perseverance during this challenging time.
Updates will continue to be posted here, but not necessarily on a daily
basis. Please check back at least once a week to keep informed. Closer to
the beginning of next school year, updates will occur more frequently again.
Happy Summer Break!
Updated: May 20, 2020 at 3:30 P.M.
May 19, 2020To All Connected to Liberty Union-Thurston Schools, Welcome to the last week of school -- two days left! Please help support our students with turning in any missing assignments now as this Thursday is the last day of school for this year. Updated: May 19, 2020 at 6:15 P.M.
May 19, 2020
To All Connected to Liberty Union-Thurston Schools,
Welcome to the last week of school -- two days left! Please help support our students with turning in any missing assignments now as this Thursday is the last day of school for this year.
Updated: May 19, 2020 at 6:15 P.M.
May 18, 2020
Welcome to the last week of school! Please help support our students with turning in any missing assignments now as this Thursday is the last day of school for this year.
Updated: May 18, 2020 at 12:00 P.M.
May 13, 2020
In this time of distance learning, we want to share some stories of students and teachers that are excelling even with this new and challenging learning environment. Also, the School Counselors have sent out more resources of support for students, parents, and families.
May 12, 2020
The update today is one that many have been waiting for -- plans for Graduation 2020. The Liberty Union High School Graduation will be a pre-recorded video that will be released on May 23rd. There are many details below that will occur prior to May 23rd to prepare for this virtual graduation ceremony.
May 11, 2020
As we enter the ninth week of distance learning, the count down to the end of school has probably started in your minds. Liberty Union will continue to offer distance learning opportunities for all students until May 21st.
Updated: May 11, 2020 at 2:00 P.M.
SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
The Liberty Union-Thurston Local School Board will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting tonight, May 11th at 7:00 P.M. In order to abide by the “stay at home” order from Governor Mike Dewine, the meeting will be live streamed for the public. To view the meeting in progress, please use this link at 7:00 P.M. today https://youtu.be/McxEnbAbv88
A plan for the Class of 2020 Graduation will be released this week.
May 8, 2020
At this conclusion of our eighth week of distance learning, we hope that everyone sees the light at the end of the tunnel for this current school year. Have a relaxing weekend and Happy Mother’s Day.
Updated: May 8, 2020 at 1:30 P.M.
The Liberty Union-Thurston Local School Board will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, May 11th at 7:00 P.M. In order to abide by the “stay at home” order from Governor Mike Dewine, the meeting will be live streamed for the public. To view the meeting in progress, please use this link at 7:00 P.M. on Monday the 11th https://youtu.be/McxEnbAbv88
May 7, 2020
The following message is from Mr. Matt Gallatin, High School Principal:
LUHS Juniors and Seniors-
I hate to make this announcement, but due to the social distancing and mass gathering restrictions, we will have to cancel...
Updated: May 7, 2020 at 12:30 P.M.
May 6, 2020
Today’s update is a summary back to you about the survey we asked you to complete last week. The two main purposes of this update are to give you some feedback from the survey, and because of the impact that COVID-19 could have on an individuals’ physical and mental health, to share what concerns others are facing, and what others are doing to stay physically and mentally healthy. This update aligns with the School Counselor weekly update email that was sent out today.
May 4, 2020
We are beginning the eighth week of remote learning and we will continue to provide learning opportunities until May 21st.
Updated: May 4, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
GRADUATION, PROM, AWARDS CEREMONIES
No final decisions have been made on these events, but the plans will be coming out soon. Many scenarios are being discussed and presented to the School Board for feedback and approval.
This is a reminder that food service is available for all children under the age of 18. At this time, food service will continue until June 30th, but we are researching how to continue it longer. More details about summer meal pick up will be forthcoming.
April 29, 2020
We are currently mid way through the seventh week of remotely learning. Ironically, time is both flying by and seemingly paused all at once. These updates will continue until May 21st (our last day of school). This update focuses on the weekly School Counselor email that you will be getting on the topic of Internet Safety.
Updated: April 29, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
Due to this extended closure, students are spending more time than ever online on their Chromebooks, tablets, phones, and other electronic devices. While sometimes it seems our students know more than we do about technology, we wanted to take this week to share resources about internet and social media safety. If you did not get the email from the School Counselors with these internet safety resources, please email Jennifer.Blackstone@libertyunion.org to be added to the contact list.
While our schools have the ability to monitor searches and activity on school issued Chromebooks, we know it is not realistic for you to be watching every click your child might make when on their personal devices. Young people are often quick to make decisions without thinking through the potential consequences (due largely to their stage in brain development), so it can be up to the adults in their lives to help guide them in learning how to best use online resources and social media.
April 27, 2020
This update will tackle a few of the emerging questions that we have heard from community members and parents.
Updated: April 27, 2020 at 2:30 P.M.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools will be continuing to provide remote learning through the regularly scheduled end of the school year, which is May 21st.
The district has decided that we will not be collecting the school issued Chromebooks at the end of this school year. We would like the students to continue to have access to a variety of educational software programs throughout the summer. Access to these online programs will continue until July 31st. The Administrative Team is currently working on plans for collection of library and textbooks and the distribution of Summer Learning Program Workbooks.
No decisions have yet to be made on these events. Many scenarios are being discussed by the Administrative Team and will be communicated as soon as the plans are finalized.
April 22, 2020
As you are likely aware, Governor DeWine announced that all schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the current school year. That is May 21st for Liberty Union Schools.
We know this is a challenging time for all students, parents, families, staff, and our community. In an effort to continually improve upon our remote learning opportunities, we need your feedback to better understand what is working and how we may plan to improve for the coming weeks.
Your participation in this survey is voluntary but encouraged. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete. In addition to the specific survey questions, open ended text boxes are provided to allow for you to provide any other feedback or comments desired. If you have students in more than one building, please take the time to complete the survey for each school building in order to allow us to clearly understand remote learning experiences you and your family may be experiencing differently.
To launch the anonymous remote learning survey, please click here. The survey will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 26th, 2020.
All responses will be kept strictly confidential, even if you choose to add your optional personal information. Thank you in advance for your participation and feedback.
April 20, 2020
As you are likely aware, Governor DeWine announced today that all schools will remain physically closed for the remainder of the current school year.
Liberty Union will continue to offer distance learning options to students until May 21st. Each week the teachers are learning more about online teaching and are adjusting how content is delivered as well as expectations for students. We appreciate your patience as we monitor and adjust to the current situation. We are all learning together.
Updated: April 20, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
April 17, 2020
Next week will be a full week of online learning after this shortened week we have had due to Spring Break. If you are having trouble making an online learning schedule, please communicate that to your childs’ teacher so that he or she is both aware of your situation and can assist you.
This daily communication has been re-organized so that all NEW information is posted above the dotted line while previously posted information is below it. And, of course, all updates dating back to March 16th are posted on this link: http://www.libertyunion.org/COVID-19Information.aspx
Updated: April 17, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
April 15, 2020
We at Liberty Union-Thurston Schools hope that everyone had an enjoyable and safe Spring Break from school. It is now time for students to re-engage with the learning opportunities that their teachers are assigning.
Updated: April 15, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
The Liberty Union-Thurston Local School Board will convene for its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, April 13th at 7:00 P.M. In order to abide by the “stay at home” order from Governor Mike Dewine, the meeting will be live streamed for the public. To view the meeting in progress, please use this link at 7:00 P.M. on Monday the 13th https://youtu.be/yZz9Gb98l10
This is a reminder that food service is available for all children under the age of 18. Everyone is eligible; there is no need to complete an application, or qualify for free and reduced lunches to receive this food. Please contact Jan Friedrich by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-579-8807 to provide the number of children under 18 in your household.
A weekly allocation of meals will be ready for curbside pick every MONDAY from 4:00 to 6:00 P.M. behind the middle school building. There is also a Thurston pick up location from 4:30 P.M. to 5:30 P.M.
Even though we are on Spring Break on Monday the 13th, we will STILL have weekly food pick up this day.
The district will not be responsible for monitoring food allergies during this time. However, if your child has a severe allergy to peanut butter, please let us know, as we will routinely be using Uncrustables.
April 9, 2020
Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools will be on Spring Break from Friday, April 10th through Tuesday, April 14th. There should be no due dates on student work, teachers and staff may be slower to respond to requests, and we encourage all students, parents, and community members to disconnect from their computers and enjoy time with each other while remaining safe and healthy. The next update is planned for Wednesday, April 15th.
Updated: April 9, 2020 at 3:00 P.M.
April 8, 2020
The daily updates from previous days dating back to March 16th can be found on this link: http://www.libertyunion.org/COVID-19Information.aspx
Updated: April 8, 2020 at 5:00 P.M.
April 7, 2020
With the beginning of April, these daily updates will not have the general information that was posted all last month. However, you can always refer back to previous updates for that information. Link: http://www.libertyunion.org/COVID-19Information.aspx
Updated: April 7, 2020 at 4:45 P.M.
April 6, 2020
Updated: April 6, 2020 at 6:00 P.M.
Dear Liberty Union-Thurston
I wanted to thank each of you
again for your ongoing dedication and hard work through this difficult time.
All of your efforts serve as an example to our community of the quality that we
have at Liberty Union-Thurston Schools.
To All Connected to Liberty
With the beginning of April, these daily updates will not have the
general information that was posted all last month. However, you can
always refer back to previous updates for that information. Link:
March 25, 2020
Eighth Grade Parents and Students:
Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the temporary closure of schools and CDC recommendations of social distancing, the idea of taking our students to Washington, D.C. in May is simply not reasonable. While this is disappointing for everyone involved, the health of our kids and community must be our top priority. It is for these reasons the trip to D.C. cannot happen this academic year. Therefore, the trip has been officially rescheduled.
Dear Liberty Union-Thurston Family,
Sorry that I may be a bit late in expressing this but as you are all aware, this has not been a typical week. I want to thank each and every one of you for the way that you have met the challenge this current pandemic has created. I know myself and the rest of the Board of Education are grateful and proud of the way that our district family has responded.
To the district administrators, principals and district office personnel: You can never know how appreciative we are by how you have coordinated responses to all the tasks that had to be addressed in an insane time frame. We get regular updates about where we stand with student activities and district issues. The letter that Mr. Gallatin sent out to the seniors was so touching because it addressed the disappointment that these students are experiencing while at the same time challenging them to make the best of the situation. From the elementary up to the high school, everyone should be proud of these senior students. They have been gracious and understanding and can serve as an example to all of us.