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District Announcements
Dr. Danny Merck Named New Superintendent
We're happy to introduce Dr. Danny Merck as the new Superintendent of the School District of Pickens County. Dr. Merck comes to the position with 23 years of experience in education, most of which were spent right here in the district. Dr. Merck has served in roles including teacher, coach, principal and district administrator. For the past two years, he has been the principal of Daniel High School.
He will officially step into his new leadership role on May 1. Until then, he will work with the board of trustees and our current Superintendent, Dr. Kelly Pew, to ensure a smooth transition.

Changes To School Calendar!
The 2013-2014 School Calendar was revised for the remainder of the school year on March 24. These calendars reflect changes because of snow days. We are using all three of the snow days that were built into the calendar at the start of the year, and the remaining snow days were forgiven by the board.

Key Changes:
  • School ends on June 6.
  • Exams (except for seniors) will be from June 3-6.
  • Schools will be open on April 21, May 23 and June 6.
  • Several grading period and report card dates have shifted.
Download Revised Parent/Student Calendar - Download Revised Teacher Calendar
Download the 2014-2015 Calendar!
The calendar for next school year is all set and ready for parents to view.

The 2014-2015 school year will start on August 19 and end on June 3, and the class of 2015 will march on May 30!

Parents will notice something new on this calendar: 1:30 p.m. dismissal days. You may also hear these referred to as Early Release days. School will dismiss early on these days for teacher training. Early Release days will be on October 7, 2014 and February 3, 2015.

Click here to view and download a copy of the 2014-2015 school calendar.

Welcome to Liberty High School!

Please use the following for your GPS system: 435 Ruhamah Road, Liberty, SC.

In order to participate in any athletic team work out during the 2014-15 school year, the athlete must have a completed physical form (given after April 1st), parent permission and concussion form signed and on file in the athletic office.   This year we will take rising 9th - 12th grade students to Blue Ridge Orthopaedics's Anderson office on Saturday, April 26th, at noon.   We will be giving out forms on Monday after spring break and they must be returned by Thursday.  The cost is $15 and checks should be made out to PlaySafe.  We will announce after break what time the bus will leave LHS.   All prospective athletes are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity!

Congratulations, Heath White!
Heath White has signed to play football at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Heath played running back and wide receiver for the Red Devils.
While at LHS, Heath has also played basketball and ran track. This winter he was a member of our State Runner-Up wrestling team. Heath is a scholar athlete at LHS and is a member of the youth group at Enon Baptist Church.
Coach Kyle Stewart said: “Heath has a never say die attitude. He goes hard in practice and games the entire time and never gives up. His tremendous work ethic will help him succeed on the next level.”
Pictured:   Seated is Heath with his parents, Kevin and Amy White. Standing is LHS Head Football Coach Kyle Stewart.

Heart of a Champion - Tanner Chambers
Congratulations to Tanner Chambers, LHS wrestler, for being selected as LHS's winter sports Heart of a Champion award winner.  This award is selected by the winter coaches and administrators and presented by the Foothills FCA.  The award is presented to one athlete per season from each of the local high schools who demonstrate the 4 core values of FCA:  Integrity, Service, Teamwork and Excellence.  We congratulate Tanner on this recognition!

Congratulations, Coach Haithcock!
SCAAA Athletic Director of the Year: Sherry Haithcock - Liberty High School
Sherry got her undergraduate from Central Wesleyan and her graduate degree from Furman. She has taught math & PE and coached volleyball, softball and basketball at Pickens, Daniel & Liberty.
Sherry has

  • 36 total years in education
  • 27 years total at Liberty
  • 13 years as AD at Liberty
She has added 6 sport teams since she became AD at Liberty
She was president of CAWS – 1987 and the region rep for CAWS for numerous years in Volleyball and Softball
and the Softball MVP honoree for CAWS – 1990.
Sherry was instrumental in the development of the athletic facilities at the new Liberty High School.
She has developed an athletic program at Liberty High School that promotes student athletes and encourages them to excel on the field and in the classroom.
We congratulate Sherry Haithcock for being selected the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association’s Athletic Director of the Year. She has represented the best of what an Athletic Director should be. We also offer best wishes for Sherry in her well-deserved retirement. She has already offered to continue as a mentor in the SCAAA’s Mentoring Program, so it doesn’t look like she’s going to just sit on the porch and rock.

Palmetto Pizza Co. hosts Red Devil Day
Thanks to Palmetto Pizza Co. (formerly Pizza Pro), located in the Central Wal-Mart Shopping Center, for hosting Red Devil Days to support LHS Athletics the 3rd Monday of each month.  They are open from 11:00 am - 9:00 pm.  They donate 10% of all sales on these days to LHS Athletics!   This month our featured team to benefit from this donation is Softball.   We encourage you to support Palmetto Pizza Co. and our softball team by eating out on Monday, March 17th.   In addition to pizza, they have subs and salads!   THANKS for your support!

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
Liberty High School will be implementing the School District of Pickens County BYOD policy on March 3, 2014.   Changes that will be implemented are the Liberty High School cafeteria and courtyard will now become a Tech Zone during food service times. This will mean students are able to use their electronic devices for any purpose except for making phone calls during this time in the cafeteria and courtyard. 
Each teacher will designate his/her classroom as a BYOD classroom through signage.   If a teacher chooses to not have their classroom as BYOD then students must abide by the district cell phone policy while in class.   If a teacher’s classroom is designated as BYOD then students will use devices at the discretion of the teacher. 
All students wishing to participate in BYOD must return the completed BYOD permission form!

BYOD Student Presentation
BYOD Student Agreement
BYOD Parent Letter

LHS Wrestlers win Team Championship at State Individual Tournament
As a result of the excellent job by all 6 wrestlers, Liberty is the State Individual Tournament Team Champion. LHS had 6 individuals qualify for the state individual tournament and ALL 6 of them placed:
  • Darien Painter is the individual State Champion at 152 pounds. He pinned all three of his opponents!
  • Tanner Chambers is the individual State Champion at 182 pounds. Tanner won all three of his matches and had one pin.
  • Matt Frey is the State Runner-Up at 113 pounds. Matt went 2 -1 in the tournament with a pin. 
After losing in the first round Friday night, our other three wrestlers came back Saturday to win two matches and wrestle in the semi-finals:
  • Tristan Oglesby won 3 matches on Saturday, two of them in overtime, to finish in 3rd place at 120 pounds.
  • Jimmy Knott won 3 matches - all with pins - on Saturday to finish 3rd at 160 pounds. 
  • Garrett Whitmire went 2-1 today to finish 4th at 138 pounds. One of his wins was by pin.

Two Wrestlers are Individual State Champions
Congratulations to Darien Painter and Tanner Chambers on being individual State Champions in wrestling!  Tanner was also selected to participate in the North-South All-Star match that recognizes the top seniors in the state.

February Newsletter
The February edition of Red & Black, the newsletter of Liberty High School, is now available online. Printed copies will be sent home with students on the back of interim reports on Monday, February 24, 2014.

Red & Black - February 2014

Snow Make-Up Days:

Inclement Weather Procedures
With the arrival of cold weather, we want to remind everyone of our inclement weather procedures.  Decisions to close schools or delay opening because of weather are always based on student safety.  Our goal is to communicate the decision by 6:00 a.m. through a ParentLink message and a website announcement. We also notify local television stations.  

Remember that ParentLink uses contact information from our PowerSchool student database.  To make sure you receive calls, e-mails, and texts, please notify your school immediately when your contact information changes.

2013-2014 Devilier Yearbook
There's still time to purchase your 2013-2014 Devilier Yearbook before yearbook day. Each book is $80.00 and can be purchased from Mr. Stewart in room 408 or Ms. Nix in the main office.

The deadline to purchase a yearbook in time for yearbook day is May 1, 2014.

2013-2014 Student Handbook
The student handbook for 2013-2014 is now available online. The information found in the student handbook is very important and should be familiar to all students at LHS.

2013-2014 Student Handbook 

2014 Daily Bell Schedule
There is a new bell schedule at LHS this school year. Please take note. Club One meets only on Wednesdays, unless there are special occasions. Students will follow the daily schedule at all other times. 

Click here to download the new bell schedules

Click here to see previous announcements!

The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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