Liberty IS History

Opened: 1997

Liberty Intermediate School is part of the RAF Lakenheath/Mildenhall community, located in Suffolk County in East Anglia. The community is situated in an area of forests and agriculture. Liberty Intermediate School supports fourth and fifth grade students from the greater RAF Lakenheath community. The school is located on RAF Lakenheath, which is 6 kilometers (approx. 3.5 miles) from RAF Mildenhall.

The school mascot is Blizzard the Siberian Tiger. The school motto is “We Laugh, We Learn, We Grow, We ROAR with Success!”

Patricia Munday served as the principal from 1997–2001. Mr. Hunter was principal from 2001–2006. Then Della Betta was principal followed by John Fletcher from 2007–2008. Marguerite Green was the principal beginning in the 2009-10 school year.

When the school opened there were approximately 285 students in the fourth and fifth grades. The enrollment remained consistent until the 2003-04 school year when there were about 450 students in the two grades. (The growth in enrollment was anticipated and construction to enlarge the school was begun during the 2001-02 school year.) Enrollment dropped to about 330 by the 2005-06 school year and to 300 by the 2009-10 school year.

For the 2021-22 school year, the principal was Ms. Connie Turner, and the school enrollment was 220 students. Ms. Colleen English was the principal for the 2023-24 school year, and the enrollment was 228 students.

Students were offered a variety of extracurricular activities including clubs for art, board games, computer, and homework assistance. The school had intramural sports; SWEP, the schoolwide enrichment program; and a chorus. Students were involved in the D.A.R.E program. The school had an Artist in Residence program and welcomed its first student teachers during the 2003-04 school year. To celebrate the millennium, students learned about changes in the last 100 years from Mrs. Denise McGuire, a local British citizen. Media clubs included a webpage club, yearbook club, and newspaper club. (The school newspaper was the Liberty News Flash.) New clubs in the 2000s included a sign language club, outdoor adventure club, German club, and French club. In the mid-2000s, the school had a Spanish Immersion class at each grade level.

A program unique to Liberty was the Kindness Patrol. In this program, student mentors were on the playground each day and they reported acts of kindness so these students could be recognized. 

Students participated in district and regional programs such as the Spelling and Geography Bees, JASON LEARNABRATION, Reading Counts and Math Olympiads. The school nurtured partnerships with the military community.


Information from the school website and school yearbooks

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