Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School
Southern Lehigh School District
5438 Route 378, Bethlehem, PA 18015
750 Approximate Annual Enrollment
4th, 5th and 6th Grades
97 Faculty and Staff Members
Curriculum/Program Offerings Grades 4-6:
Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School opened in 2010 as an upper elementary school and serves students in grades 4, 5 and 6. The standard course of studies aligns with the State requirements for meeting PA Academic Standards and includes instruction in English/Language Arts, mathematics, social science and science. The complementing related arts courses include Health and Physical Education, art music, library science and STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics). In addition, Southern Lehigh School District offers a Spanish Immersion program that begins with total language immersion in grade 1 and finishes in the intermediate school ending in grade 5. Small group instrumental music lessons as well as band, orchestra and chorus groups are featured parts of the intermediate school’s ancillary music offerings. Like Southern Lehigh’s other schools, Joseph P. Liberati Intermediate School is well equipped and positioned to teach students how to use and engage the world through the use of technology. All students and staff are provided with 1:1 computing devices.
The Intermediate School day is scheduled so that core instruction is divided into three ninety minute blocks of time (90 minutes Language Arts/reading, 90 minutes of mathematics, and 90 minutes for social studies/science). Social studies and science are scheduled as a single block to allow instructional flexibility. For example, teachers of science and social studies may choose to teach each subject for 45 minutes daily, or flex the time block so as to have extra time to devote to experiential learning (i.e. laboratory experiments, historic reader's theater projects, etc.)..
The Intermediate School operates on a 5-day cycle schedule. The days are identified as Days A-E. The first day of school is day A. Days continue to cycle consecutively throughout the school year. Interruptions in our calendar due to holidays, in-service days, and weather do not disrupt the cycle. So, if the last scheduled day of school is Wednesday and it is day B, and school is closed on Thursday and Friday for inclement weather or a holiday break, then when students return to school on Monday it will be day C.
On each of the five days of the cycle, students will experience one complimentary related arts course accounting for 45 minutes of their day. Physical Education or Health are taught two days of the cycle all year. The other related arts courses will meet once per cycle.
Enrichment & Focus/Spartan Period:
A 30 minute Enrichment and Focus period (Spartan period) occurs daily for all grade levels. This period permits dedicated time for curricular extensions and remediation and enrichment, such as instrumental music lessons. Further, this period also provides opportunity for students to conduct age appropriate careers exploration with the support of our Guidance Counselor, and practice skills aimed at building citizenship, resolving social conflicts, and responding to bullying.
PBIS-SWPBS (School-Wide Positive Behavior Intervention and Support)
School-Wide Positive Behavior intervention and supports is an evidence-based, systems approach for establishing the social culture needed for schools to be effective learning environments for all students. Through our program, We R Spartans, we strive to teach students expected behaviors and social skills and recognize these demonstrated behaviors and skills with positive reinforcement. The PBIS-SWPBS model is a three-tiered approach including Universal interventions (for all students and across all settings), Secondary interventions (for students who are at-risk), and Tertiary interventions (for individual students needing specialized assistance). Our universal interventions include the use of Sparkens tokens and postcards as recognition for demonstrating positive behaviors. Our secondary interventions include teacher-student “Check-In, Check- Out” meetings, social skills groups, and an after-school homework club. Our tertiary interventions incorporate the use of more individualized plans and community resources. In 2017, JPLIS was recognized by the state for having a model program showing Fidelity of Implementation at the Universal or Tier 1 Level. JPLIS is currently working toward state recognition for Fidelity of Implementation at the Tertiary or Tier 2 Level.