Cancer Crushers Bears
LHS Cancer Crushers will be selling custom-made Teddy Bears that will be given to sick children to help them have a "Beary" special holiday season. The group is asking for a minimum donation of $10 for each bear.
If you or a group of individuals / department would be interested in purchasing (sponsoring) a bear for a child, please email Mr. Little. Each bear will wear a tag naming its sponsor when it is given to a child at a local hospital. All proceeds go to support Relay for Life. Thanks for helping to inspire HOPE this holiday season!
2014-15 Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
The Hall of Fame Committee at Liberty High School is pleased to announce the 2014- 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees. Eighteen individuals and two State Championship teams will be recognized at the January 31st 2015 event hosted by The Liberty Athletic Club. (read the whole story here)
LHS Fine Art Department
Winter Art Show & Craft Sale
Friday December 5: 5:30-7 PM
Saturday December 6: 1-3 PM
Hurricane Art Gallery second floor Commons – All are welcome!
Varsity Scholastic Scrimage takes Steel Division Championship
Liberty's Varsity Scholastic Scrimmage team won the Steel Division Championship on Monday at Freedom.
Liberty and Easton finished the season with a 4 and 1 record, but our 715 total points outscored Easton's 625. Liberty will compete in the semi-finals on Dec 8th. Congratlations to Jenny Kaufmann (Captain), Sam Kaufmann, Milind Jagota, Ben Kussmaul, and Julian Mark
Click HERE to WATCH Friday's Announcements from WLVT 39
LHS Broadcasting visits WLVT Chanel 39
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Liberty High School's Broadcast Journalism class visited PBS39 at the Bethlehem Steel Stacks. WLVT's Laura McHugh greeted Broadcasting students upon their arrival and started the kids on a tour of the WLVT Channel 39 broadcasting, studio, control rooms and production facilities. After the tour, students watched as the third of a three part series, Focus: Obamacare: Ready or Not was taped to be aired next week.
On the Focus set McHugh explained the process of taping a weekly program to the students. Once the taping of the Focus episode was complete, McHugh, reporters Brittany Garzillo and Grover Silcox along with Videographer Jeff Frederick and Master controller spent time helping the Liberty students use the WLVT equipment to tape an episode of the Liberty Daily Bulletin, to be shown on Friday. Students operated the cameras, and controlled all aspects of the production under the expert's supervision. Click HERE to see MORE Pictures from the visit. The Broadcast footage taped at WLVT 39 will be posted later today.
LHS Theatre will be presenting Under Milk Wood, on Nov. 20, 21 and 22 at 7pm. Tickets are available from any cast member $10 or by emailing email@example.com.
Click here to visit the LHS Theatre page.
Math Team Finding the Formula
Liberty's Math team returned from competition at Bloomsburg University yesterday with the following achievements. Of the 72 teams in the competition:
Our team consisting of: Milind Jagota, Ben Kussmaul, Jenny Kaufmann and Tim Walters finished in 2nd place in the Brain Teaser competition and they finished in 3rd place in the Quiz Bowl
Our team consisting of: Brice Kessler, Lucy Kitch-Peck, Andrew Malozzi, Jocelyn Snyder, finished in 3rd place in the 24-Game competition.
Breslin and Showers speak to Class of 2015
Members of the Class of 2015 had the pleasure of listening to not one, but two motivational speakers as part of Liberty's traditional Senior Breakfast. After a hearty meal of bacon, sausage, eggs, French toast and danishes in the gym, the senior class moved to the auditorium.
Athletic Director Fred Harris introduced the first speaker, Mr. Pat Breslin, Breslin related the lessons he learned growing up on his grandparent's farm in upper Bucks County to the senior class. Breslin told the class, "Yes you can! As long as you keep that mindset, there's nothing that will stop you from achieving great things." Breslin then introduced his friend, Two-time NHRA Motorcycle Drag Racing World Champion, Reggie Showers.
Showers, a twenty-year veteran of the NHRA Drag circuit regaled his audience about the thrill of riding one of the fastest, most expensive motorcycles in the world, and achieving his childhood dream of becoming a World Champion. His message to the students that they could do anything they set their mind to, as long as they believed in themselves, was brought home with startling clarity to the senior class when Mr. Showers, a double amputee, showed the students his prosthetic legs. "One bad choice I made when I was fourteen changed everything." said Showers.
Showers told the students about growing up poor in West Philadelphia, about his views of school and the fateful day when he climbed atop a freight car and nearly died after accidentally touching a high-tension electric wire over the boxcar. Mr. Showers spoke of the importance of having a support group to help through the tough times. His presentation gave the senior class more than just something to think about.
Congratulations to District XI AAA Cross Country Champion, Sophmore Raisa Kochmaruk!
Steel Division Champions
Late Thursday night, The Hurricanes gave a heroic effort in the Boys Soccer Title Match of the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference. While convincingly outplaying the opponent in the 2nd half, the boys came up a goal short in their 2-1 loss to Emmaus.
However, our 6th seeded Hurricanes gave 1st seeded Emmaus all it could handle and earned the title Steel Division Champions. Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team on this outstanding effort and tournament. If you have yet to see them play, you can still catch them in action next week in the DXI Tournament Wednesday against an opponent and time to be determined.
Thank you to all of the faculty and students who made the trek to Allentown to cheer on the team!
Achenzie sits a Panel at NY Comic Con
Liberty's own Jeff Achenzie sat in as a panelist for "Comics As Literature in the Class Room" discussion at New York's Comic Con 2014. Achenzie expressed some surprise when he learned that Comic Con had turned people away from the panel discussion because the room was already full. Read more Here.
The BASD has moved e-mail services to the Google platform. Along with this move, we will be changing the district's domain name for e-mail, and all of our beth.k12.pa.us and bethsd.org e-mail addresses will become basdschools.org. The usernames before the @ sign will remain the same.
AP Students explore gamelands
On Saturday, September 6th, Mr. Schaffer and some of the 2014-2015 AP Environmental Science students had a trip to the State Game Lands 205 where they observed forrest succession, game management strategies, habitat and niche, and freshwater ecology / macro-invertebrate identification. Students gained hands-on experiences to supplement the rigor of the course requirements.
Leadership is alive in the Libstrong Movement!
Over the weekend, many of our athletes and musicians took time to give back to their community. Over 30 LHS Student Athletes, most of them cheerleaders, participated in the VIA 5K on Saturday at 7:30 in the morning. Their race entrance Saturday benefited children and adults with disabilities and further shows Liberty High's commitment to building leadership in our students through community support and philanthropy.
A special shout to Senior Ally Clause and Junior Logan Priestas for their leadership in organizing our students on Saturday.
On Sunday, Our Pipes and Drums once again sent over 1500 runners off from Center City Bethlehem to Easton at the VIA Half Marathon Start. Again, 20 strong represented at 6:30 AM to ensure that the 7:00AM start would be one of the best half starts in the Nation. Here are two shots taken at some point this weekend. Thank you to all of our students who again and again prove that The Hurricanes Libstrong in Bethlehem!
Szamba English camp in Szentendre, Hungary
Ted Schaffer - LHS science teacher, 4 other adults and a group of 10 students from Calvary Baptist Church traveled to Eastern Europe for a joint project in service learning with Szentendre Baptist Church in Szentendre, Hungary. The group included students from around the area including 3 Freedom High students Brian Hemphill, Rachel Hemphill, and Julianna Squerrini and 1 Liberty Alumni - Katie Podlasinski. The experience included working in Slovakia at a camp, hiking the mountains in Slovakia with local teens, landscaping in Slovakia and in Szentendre Hungary, and finally the last week teaching English at the camp we cosponsor. The teens each had a classroom of Hungarian students and taught English for 4 hours each morning with informal English practice / sports in the afternoon. The American teens wrote lesson plans, build specialized activities and organized learning games to increase retention of English. This is an on-going partnership with the Churches and the Town of Szentendre and is seen as a very positive interaction between the Hungarians and Americans. The school was open to the youth of the town and most did not have any association with the local church.
Did you miss graduation? Were you watching online when the phone rang? Did the batteries go on your video camera? No worries! CLICK HERE to watch Graduation 2014, in its entirety without commercials or interruptions.
Liberty video production team wins another award
Liberty Seniors Xavier Wilcher and Nadine Elsayed were surprised at Graduation Practice by PBS Chanel 39 to be named the winners of the 2014 PBS 39 Digital Innovations contest. Along with Mr. Bittner, Wilcher and Elsayed were each presented with trophies in front of the entire Class of 2014 by representatives from PBS 39.