As many of you know, Liberty Bell is growing. While the addition of 6th grade at the junior high is part of this expansion, our overall enrollment 6-12 is up approx 35 students from pre-pandemic numbers. For a school our size, that’s a significant change. As a result, many of our classes, specifically in junior high, now have larger classes sizes.
In an effort to reduce class sizes, promote individualized instruction, and increased distancing, the MVSD has allocated additional teacher staffing for the 2021-2022 school year. We will continue to evaluate and adjust as necessary to accommodate the academic, physical, and social-emotional needs of our students as the year progresses.
The additional staffing has been broken up into three positions. This includes the following:
First, I’m thrilled to announce that Cam Alford has enthusiastically accepted an addition to his current teaching assignment and will now be a full-time Liberty Bell staff member for the remainder of the year! He’ll be co-teaching English 101 with Adam Kaufman during 2nd block, which currently has 37 students enrolled, as well as piloting a new junior high elective 7th and 8th block that we’re calling Sports Journalism and Media. View Cam’s June hiring announcement and bio.
We’ve also posted a 0.5 Junior High World Language and Humanities instructor (co-teach model) position. This position will support one section each of junior high Chinese, junior high Spanish, and junior high Humanities. View the job posting.
Finally, we’re hiring a 0.2 Assessment and Online Learning Coordinator to oversee our 9-12th grade 3rd party online learning courses and districtwide assessment coordination.
I’m so grateful for our incredible staff and students who’ve continued to adapt and thrive during these first two weeks. As LBHS Secretary Debbie Bair recently told me, “We’ve got amazing kids who are excited to come to school, which means our classes are full. The word is out…Liberty Bell is a fun place to learn! It’s a good problem to have…”
Have a wonderful weekend,
Principal, Liberty Bell High School