Liberty Talent Insider

June 2022 Updates from our Talent Team

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In this Issue...

Meet our Founding Team, 5 Very Important Points, Overview of the Educational Model, Career Opportunities, Founding Team Member Spotlights, Day in the Life of an LSC Teacher, Welcome to Liberty for New Families Video, Signing up for Talent Info Sessions, Organizational Updates Featuring our a few of our Academy Initiatives, Curriculum, School Partnerships, the 22-23 Calendar & Much More!
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Liberty Steam Charter School

What Makes LSC Different?

LSC aims to create transformational opportunities for scholars across Sumter (SC) through a rigorous "whole scholar" approach. Our personalized learning academies will position us as a leader for educational equity in the country, and, in time, will harness their collective impact to meet the needs of thousands of historically underserved students in Sumter. Our model is innovative and unlike any other locally available. Key distinguishing features include a high-quality standards-based curriculum (Eureka & EL), longer school day & year, significant exposure to enrichment activities, two teachers in all classrooms with smaller classroom sizes, a comprehensive MTSS model to ensure the needs of all scholars are being met, extended day activities, and an innovative high school model with a set of learning PATHWAYS designed to link project-based learning and student connections to STEAM career pathways.
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What's it like to be a scholar at LSC?

At LSC, we are dreaming BIG because the stakes are HIGH...after all, our scholars will only get one shot at a K-12 education! The two images below illustrate a scholar's K-12 journey at LSC. Check out the key focus areas and expected student competencies for each grade level.
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What's it like to be a part of the LSC team and family?

LSC founders are believers and fighters committed to giving children – no matter their socioeconomic status, ethnicity, or where they live – the tools needed to reach their full potential. To be "#LibertyStrong" means we are spending each and every day ensuring that, no matter what, our scholars are in an environment where they will develop good character, be challenged academically, and succeed on their road to and through college and career. LSC has committed itself to designing strong systems & structures that allow the best teachers to continually hone their craft. We invite you to join this dynamic movement!


2022-23 CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Lead Teacher - Primary Academy

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LSC Uses Project-Based Curricula

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Classroom Spotlight - The Charming Crayola Champions

This newsletter's Classroom Spotlight shines brightly on our 1st grade Crayola Champions. Under the leadership of Lead Teacher Micah Vaughn & Teaching Fellow Josie Cox, scholars in this class are growing their brains so much, learning about numbers, counting, adding, subtracting, working with letters and their sounds to produce quality written work! The Charming Crayola Champions have been implementing technology to engage scholars in reading & math actively. These Champion scholars have enjoyed various activities on Seesaw to reinforce classroom instruction from their teachers as well as leveled reading time on Raz Kids.

In addition to academics, the Crayola Champions are working hard every day to build a collaborative and STEAM-based work environment to cultivate the core values of LSC (Power of Team, Growth Mindset, and Stand of Up and Own It). The Crayola Champions love to read books, sing, chant, and dance every day! Our little Eagles have grown so much this year and are so excited to take their skills to 2nd Grade! Way to go, Champs!

Let's learn more about Tatiana Reyes!

What's your role at LSC? I am a lead kindergarten teacher here at Liberty STEAM.


What inspired you to be an educator/in education? I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a child, and my passion for education grew as I got older.I’ve been blessed with educators who inspired me and pushed me, and I always wanted to make that kind of impact. Being a first year teacher is honestly a dream come true.


What is most exciting about opening LSC's first Academy? The most exciting part of being a founding teacher at LSC is the opportunity to be a part of lasting change in Sumter and South Carolina education. I know that the work we do in this first year is laying the foundation that is so needed in our community, and I can’t wait to see how we build on it and grow in the years to come.


What is one fun fact about you people wouldn't know? I love to paint! One of my favorite things to do is paint and create in my spare time, and I love sharing art and art projects with students.

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May 9 // Cultural Highlight

Founding Parent Spotlight


Let’s meet Rachel Waden and her first-grade scholar, Deon from the Thunderous Thinkers - Class of 2033!


What attracted you to LSC? What attracted me to LSC was the ability to give my child a new experience at learning.


Why do you believe LSC is the best fit for your child? I believe that LSC is a good fit for my child is because it allows him to be able to utilize his skills in areas that he is most comfortable for him. He enjoys the activities that he does throughout the day and how they challenge his mind.


What has your child enjoyed the most since attending LSC? What my child has enjoyed most is being able to meet new people, play with new friends, learn new subjects and becoming more confident in his reading.


What would you share with those looking to become involved with LSC by donating time or resources? I would share with them that there are many great things at LSC to be proud of to invest both your time and resources towards.

Proud to Partner with 6 Game-Changing Organizations

SC Public Charter School District Approves LSC's Enrollment Expansion for SY 2023-24

LSC is proud to partner with a state-wide authorizer whose track record of excellence and high standards speak for itself. Thank you to the SC Public Charter School District Board of Trustees and Staff for approving our enrollment expansion to allow the “Liberty for All” vision to be delivered to more children across our community. We won’t let you down!

LSC Welcomes 161 New Scholars for the 2022-23 School Year!

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Classroom Spotlight - The Wondrous Woofpack

This newsletter's Classroom Spotlight shines brightly on our 1st grade Wondrous Woof Pack. Under the leadership of Lead Teacher Emily Hatfield & Teaching Fellow Alexis Kelley, scholars in this class are growing their brains so much, recently learning about place value, shapes, time, and informational text and writing! The Wondrous Woof Pack has been implementing technology to engage scholars in reading & math actively. These scholars have enjoyed various activities on Zearn and BrainpopJr. to reinforce classroom instruction from their teachers as well as leveled reading time on Raz Kids.



Along with academics, the Wondrous Woof Pack is working hard each and every day to build a strong classroom community and to display the three core values of LSC (Power of Team, Growth Mindset, and Stand of Up and Own It). The Wondrous Woof Pack enjoys singing, dancing, reading books, and working hard! Each and every one of our scholars in the Wondrous Woof Pack has made so much growth and we cannot wait to watch them blossom in second grade! Keep up the hard work Wondrous Woof Pack!

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Founding Parent Spotlight

Meet McCall Campbell, proud mother of founding kindergarten scholar - Brystol Campbell from the Terrific Transformers Class of 2034!


1. What attracted you to LSC? I went to a small private school growing up, so I have always believed that the public school system has so much more to offer the students. I was eager to learn more when I heard about a charter school opening up in Sumter. After learning that Trevor Ivey was on board and knowing how motivated he is when it comes to education, I honestly believed that LSC was going to offer an amazing education for the scholars.

2. Why do you believe LSC is the best fit for your child? I love that LSC focuses on the scholar as a whole. Brystol comes home each day and proudly shows off what she has learned at school. She has grown and learned so much since the beginning of the school year. It really does amaze me! In addition to her school work, she is learning Spanish, sign language, and taekwondo. The best part is how excited she is to go each day. As a parent, I can’t ask for much more than that.

3. What has your child enjoyed the most since attending LSC? She says that her favorite thing about LSC is the teachers and staff members. Each morning we are greeted by smiling staff members. Once she gets out of the car, at least one staff member hugs her before she enters the building. And the same is true in the afternoons. I feel like LSC has done an amazing job recruiting staff members that honestly love their job and want to be there each day. I believe the staff members love the scholars just as much as the scholars love them.

4. What would you share with those looking to become involved with LSC by donating time or resources? Please do it, you will not regret it! These children are so appreciative and excited to have volunteers come to visit them at school. There have been several activities for the scholars and their families that were sponsored by people/companies in the community and each time the turnout has been huge! The scholars and families are excited about LSC. Donated resources/funds are passed straight along to the scholars, and the kids truly appreciate all of the opportunities that they are given.

About Us

Liberty STEAM Charter, a world-class, college and career-focused public charter school that focuses on project-based & personalized learning through STEAM pathways currently serves 192 founding scholars in grades K-1, with plans to add 2nd grade in the 2022-23 school year. We are looking for fiercely passionate individuals to join our founding team of lead teachers at LSC's Primary Academy (Grades K-2) who are self-motivated and committed to a process of continual improvement. LSC has committed itself to designing the important systems and structures that will allow the best teachers to take their game to the next level. LSC invites you to join this dynamic movement.