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News Archive 2015-16

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LMS National Junior Honor Society holds induction

On June 20, Liberty Middle School hosted its National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) Induction Ceremony in the Liberty High School Auditorium. A large number of family and friends were on hand to welcome the new members into the chapter. Read more

Liberty bids farewell to the Class of 2016

Liberty Central School District graduated its Class of 2016 in a June 26 ceremony that looked back on the graduates' 13-year journey and celebrated the days still to come. Read more

Three alumni inducted into Wall of Fame

Dozens of Liberty friends, family, alumni and administration gathered to honor three recently inducted individuals to the Liberty Wall of Fame for their distinguished service and contributions upon leaving Liberty. Read more

Watch LHS commencement ceremony live online

Can’t make this Saturday’s graduation ceremony? Watch it live online! Complete live coverage of Liberty High School’s Class of 2016 commencement ceremony will be broadcast via YouTube, barring any technical difficulties at approximately 10 a.m.  Read more

A note about the website outage on June 21

The Northeast Regional Information Center (NERIC), which hosts our district website, experienced an outage this morning, June 21, 2016 at approximately 8 a.m. The website was restored approximately three hours later.  Read more

Board of Regents extends special education safety net

During its June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents approved an emergency action that will allow certain students with disabilities to graduate with a Local Diploma after their school superintendents review their coursework and certify the students have met minimum requirements. Read more

Regents approve new graduation pathway

At its June 2016 meeting, the New York State Board of Regents adopted a regulation that will allow all students statewide the opportunity to graduate with a Career Development Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential added to their high school diplomas. Read more

Seniors walk the elementary and middle schools

Before seniors take on the world, they took a step back and strolled through the halls of the elementary and middle school. Fully dressed in their caps and gowns, the class walked through the halls to remember their grade-school days, smile at former teachers and inspire younger students. Read more

Liberty students connect with Livingston Manor students via Skype

Students from Ms. William’s second-grade class came (nearly) face-to-face with their yearlong pen-pals from Livingston Manor through Skype. Students compared school subjects, field trips and end-of-year celebrations and discussed summer vacations and feelings about entering the third grade. Click here to view photos.

Mad Science comes to Liberty Elementary

On Friday, June 10, all Liberty Elementary students were introduced to the wonder of science with one of many shows from Mad Science. Complete with eye-catching experiments, hands-on demonstrations – and a little bit of silliness and dancing – the “mad scientist” entertained and left students motivated to learn more about matter and temperature. Click here to view photos.

Seniors walk the elementary and middle schools

Before seniors take on the world, they took a step back and strolled through the halls of the elementary and middle school. Fully dressed in their caps and gowns, the class walked through the halls to remember their grade-school days, smile at former teachers and inspire younger students. Read more

Students honored with over 50 scholarships at Senior Assembly

On June 13, Liberty High School honored seniors who have been awarded scholarship and recognized the top 10 graduates in the class. Read more

Black places fourth in triple jump, breaks school records

Senior Shane Black's 45' 8.25" leap in the triple jumped placed him fourth in the Division 2 competition. This earned Shane a place on the podium and a state placewinner medal. His effort also broke the school record set by Chad Washington who won the state championship in 2000. Shane set a personal best in long jump later in the day and placed seventh in the high jump.

Students give school salad bar an A+

The welcome addition of the first of three new school salad bars is causing a stir among sports- and nutrition- minded students and staff. Beginning Sept. 7, all three Liberty school cafeterias will include a free salad bar. Read more

LMS BOGO Book Fair will take place June 7-10

The Liberty Middle School (LMS) Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair will take place Tuesday, June 7 through Friday, June 10. The fair will be open from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.  Read more

Important dates and dismissals to be aware of

As we wind down this school year (13 more whole days, 3 half days...but who's counting?), there are many important dates to be aware of. Please take a moment to jot down the following award ceremonies, exam dates and early dismissals. Read more

Liberty conducts voluntary water test

In response to state- and nation-wide concerns about lead in drinking water, the district voluntarily conducted a water test. Orange-Ulster BOCES collected water samples from various sources throughout each of Liberty's three schools, including drinking fountains, classrooms and cafeterias, to test for lead. One water fountain turned off as a precaution; all other fixtures were deemed fine. read more

Sullivan County Food Pantry Guide available online

There are over 25 programs – food pantries, soup kitchens and churches – that have food for hungry people. If you or someone you know needs food, please download a complete list of food pantries and other helpful agencies in Sullivan County here.

Free meals for all kids begins June 27

The Liberty Central School District will be participating in the USDA Summer Food Service Program from June 27 of this year through August 12. Participating sites will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under. read more

Love at First Bite Farmers Market kicks off July 1

Families who participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) | Food and Nutrition Service can pick up a $24 check that is redeemable at the Liberty Farmers Market. View flyer

LES to give computer-based testing a dry run

Starting this week, fourth-grade students at Liberty Elementary School will take computerized tests in English language arts to help prepare for New York's official transition to computer-based state testing next year. read more

LHS salutes students with Block L awards

Liberty High School presented its academic Block L awards on Thursday, May 19, recognizing students for achievements in overall academics, specific subjects, athletics and other extracurricular involvement. View album

Information on Zika virus

Sullivan County Public Health Services has compiled information on the Zika virus and mosquito control. Please click here to learn more and access fact sheets on general information, Zika and pregnancy, transmission and risks.

Jeff Hall, Kathleen Lambert-Johansen named Outstanding Educators

Two members of the Liberty Central School District community will be presented with an Outstanding Educator of the Year award during the Sullivan County School Boards Association’s (SCSBA) Annual Dinner Meeting at the Villa Roma in Callicoon on Wednesday, May 25. Read more

Liberty voters approve $44.4 million budget; elect three board members

On Tuesday, May 17, Liberty Central School District residents approved the district's $44.4 million 2016-17 budget proposal and elected three members to the Liberty Board of Education.  read more

Students are making a change for clean water

Liberty Elementary's third-grade students are now campaigning to make a change for clean water after being inspired by a Liberty Rotary presentation about Gift of Water, a non-profit organization that brings water purification systems to Haiti. read more

Students present tourism, leisure ideas to community officials

A group of Liberty Elementary fourth-graders got the chance to present their community improvement suggestions to Mayor Ronald Stabak, Liberty Supervisor Charlie Barbuti and Parks and Recreation Director Brian Scardefield during an open panel on May 16.  read more Click here to view photos.

Liberty Wall of Fame changes induction criteria

For the first time since 2011, the Liberty Wall of Fame has changed its rules regarding the induction criteria. The Wall of Fame selection committee has eliminated the option to induct community and staff members. Instead, the Liberty Wall of Fame will solely recognize distinguished alumni.  read more

Voters to decide $44.4 million proposed budget tomorrow, May 17

Eligible residents will vote on a $44.4 million school budget proposal on Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 9 p.m. in the LHS gymnasium. Voters also will decide upon eight candidates to fill three open seats on the Liberty Board of Education. read more

Liberty Art Shows open May 20 

In its first ever full district opening, all three Liberty schools will join in one event with the Elementary and Middle School Art Show and the annual Liberty High School show. Additionally, students from Liberty’s National Art Honor Society will escort groups in an Art Walk along Main Street, where many exhibits will be on display.  read more

Research projects brings classes together

On May 6, students from Ms. Weiner’s class presented their habitat research reports to other classrooms. The presentation was capstone to the students, who presented poster boards with their research about different animals and their habitats. Click here to view photos.

Students sojourn to 19th century

Second-graders took a journey to the 19th century in early May through a field trip to the Museum Village in Monroe, NY. History was brought to life at students took a deep dive into the day to day of the 1900’s and visited the village’s blacksmith, mercantile, candle maker, weaver shop and schoolhouse. Click here to view photos.

Pre-k students serve up love and gratitude at Mother’s Day Tea

Our heart is melting over these special moments caught on camera between mother and child. Proud students from Mrs. Magie’s pre-k were over the moon to share their Mother's Day creations with their mother's at their Mother's Day Tea on May 6. a.m. pre-k photo album | p.m. pre-k photo album 

Music Department announces Spring Concert dates

The Liberty Central School Music Department is pleased to announce its 2016 Spring Concert series. All performances are in the Liberty High School David Panebaker Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted. Read more

Catskill Mountainkeeper Farmers’ Market  in Liberty opens May 27

The Liberty Farmers' Market will be open every Friday from 4-7 p.m. from May 27 through Oct. 28 at Creekside Park, 91 S. Main St. behind Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation. read more

Fifth-graders visit Citi Field for D.A.R.E field trip

Fifth-graders from LMS gathered at the Citi Field stadium in New York on May 4 as part of a field trip celebrating their participation the D.A.R.E. drug and alcohol awareness program. During D.A.R.E. lessons, students do more than just talk about not doing drugs. They look to School Resource Officer Devin Brust and their teachers to talk about self-esteem and making good decisions in throughout school and beyond.

Get involved with DIALOGUE2CHANGE

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission (SCHRC) has begun an important grassroots initiative to pull Sullivan County from poverty to prosperity – and your participation is needed. The SCHRC is searching for 8-12 community members from each district to take part in DIALOGUE2CHANGE, a new companion effort designed to create positive community change through open conversation. read more

Budget newsletter in the mail soon

Check your mailboxes soon for the May 2016 Budget Edition of the Liberty Central School District newsletter - or view it online now. read more

Board approves Liberty budget proposal, vote set for May 17

On Tuesday, April 19, the Liberty Board of Education adopted a $44,414,849 budget for 2016-17 that yields a -2.61 percent tax levy increase. Read more

District website to be redesigned, feedback needed

The Liberty Central School District wants to know what you find useful on its existing website and what you think could be improved. To help guide the redesign process, please complete a short eight-question survey which will be available online through May 13. read more

LFA Meet the Candidates Night will take place May 2

All Liberty Central School District teachers, staff, board of education and community members are invited to attend the Liberty Faculty Association (LFA) Meet the Board of Education Candidates Night on Monday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School cafeteria. read more

Student art to take to the streets, May 20

The LHS National Art Honor Society will host its Museum Show and Art Walk on Friday, May 20 at 5:30 p.m. at the Liberty Library. Students will escort groups in an Art Walk along Main Street, where many exhibits will be on display. read more

McKinnley Conklin, Grant Harman named OCIAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year

Seniors McKinnley Conklin and Grant Harman were selected as OCIAA Scholar-Athletes of the Year for Liberty Central School District by the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA).  read more

Comptroller’s report praises Liberty for fiscal responsibility

State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli recently released a report commending the Liberty Central School District and its board of education for installing sound financial checks and balances for transactions made during the 2014-2015 school year. read more

Learn budget basics in less than 3 minutes with School Budgets 101 video

 Want to learn the fundamentals of how the district builds its proposed budget each year?  read more

State designates Liberty as a Focus District

The New York State Education Department recently notified the Liberty Central School District that it is has been designated as a Focus District and is eligible for extra support and services to meet student needs.In addition to the district designation, both Liberty Elementary School and Liberty Middle School have been identified as Focus Schools. read more

Liberty teacher, board member to receive Rotary Award April 3

The Liberty Rotary Club has announced that it will honor Liberty High School teacher Penny Medina and Liberty Board of Education member Daniel Parkhurst during its Annual Recognition Brunch on Sunday, April 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the New Hope Community Banquet Hall in Loch Sheldrake, New York. read more

State now requires meningitis vaccination in grades 7, 12

Beginning Sept. 1, students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York.

Liberty students receive MathCon Honorable Mention

Math isn’t usually a favorite subject for most, but several students at Liberty say that a little competition helped change their tune. In February, students recently took part in the initial round of MathCON to test their knowledge.  read more

Liberty 2016-17 School Budget Hearing set for May 3

The budget hearing on the proposed 2016-17 budget will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium in the Liberty High School. The Annual Meeting Budget Vote and Election will take place Tuesday, May 17 from noon – 9 p.m. in the high school’s gymnasium. Find out if you are eligible to vote.

Voters to elect three Board of Education members May 17

On Tuesday, May 17, Liberty Central School District voters will choose three district residents to serve on the Liberty Board of Education from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019. read more

Liberty to induct three new members to the Wall of Fame

Liberty  is pleased to announce that trio of distinguished Liberty High School alumni are set to be inducted into the Wall of Fame. Dr. Austin Cantor, Dr. Michael Schwartz and Mr. Melvin I. Urofsky will be honored June 25 for their various achievements during and after their time at LHS. read more

Students compete and raise money during Ron Francisco ping pong and badminton tournament

Students from Liberty High School celebrated good sportsmanship and Liberty legacy at the school’s annual ping pong and badminton tournament on Thursday, February 25.  read more

LHS Color Wars and Spirit Week will take place March 7-11

Liberty High School’s annual clash of the classes will begin on Monday, March 7. Students will earn points for their respective graduating class by dressing up for Spirit Days. read more

LHS kicks off music month with annual Pop Prism concert

As part of Music in Our School’s Month, the Liberty Central School High School Music Department will present their Annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday March 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium. read more

Notice of Liberty Central School District Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to Section 458-a of the Real Property Tax Law,  the Board of Education of the Liberty Central School District will hold a public hearing on Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. in the high school media center.  The purpose of this public hearing is to hear all interested parties and citizens regarding a proposed resolution that authorizes a partial exemption of school taxes for eligible veterans. read full notice

Varsity spring sports start Monday, March 7

Athletes who intend to compete in a spring sport should make sure they have a current sports physical by checking with Mrs. Shortall. Athletes should also complete a yellow card and a handbook form. The yellow card is available in the nurse's office or both forms can be download from here. Athletes should listen to the morning announcements for the time and location of team meetings. Athletes should make sure they have a grade tracker filled out if one is needed.

Changes ahead for ELA 3-8 testing

School districts throughout New York, including Liberty, have been notified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) that annual state testing of students in grades 3 through 8 will be done differently this year. read more

Liberty Easter Egg Hunt will be Mar. 19

The Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation, Public Library and Elks Lodge will host a free day of Easter-themed activities from 10 a.m. - noon on Mar. 19. View flyer: English | Spanish

LFA gives to the UMC White Sulphur Springs Food Pantry

Our teachers are doing great things – in and out of the classroom!  Last week, members of the Liberty Faculty Association (LFA) collected non-perishable food items and delivered them to the United Methodist Church White Sulphur Springs Food Pantry. view photo

LMS releases honor roll lists

LMS has released the list of students who have achieved honors and high honors for the second quarter. Click here to see the full list of students.

Students get hands on in science class

Looking at the small things: students in Ms. Fitzpatrick’s fifth grade science class use light microscopes and slide viewers to examine different plant cells, record what they see and compare and contrast. View photos

New angles on art    

Students are learning that art and math have plenty in common through a fun craft in Ms. Nystrom’s class. Using graph paper and a ruler, students are drawing his/her initials and identifying how many geometric angles they can find. view video

Boys basketball qualifies for sectional tournament

The Liberty boys basketball team qualified for the Section IX class B tournament with a #6 seed. They will play #3 seeded Spackenkill at Spackenkill HS on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 6:00 p.m. Coach Dave Slater said "We match up well with Spackenkill. It will be an intense game!

Wrestlers to compete at States

Congratulations to Seniors Kevin Morgans and Will DePaolo who both won Section IX Division 2 championships on Sunday, Feb. 14 at Ulster County Community College. This qualifies them to compete in the New York State Wrestling Championships at the Times-Union Center on Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27. Kevin is making his third trip to the state championships, a feat accomplished by only one other Liberty wrestler.

Skiers to compete at States

Congratulations to Carl McGuire who won the Division I combined ski title and then added the overall Section IX title. McGuire is undefeated this year and will compete Feb. 22 and 23 in the state meet at Whiteface Mountain. Olivia Racette placed ninth overall for the girls and will attend the meet as an alternate.

LMS implements mentoring program

Last month, Liberty Middle School introduced a mentoring program that matches Liberty High School seniors with middle school students. Mentors act more like siblings or friends, rather than parents or teachers, and visit students during lunch to spend time together. read more

Students learn languages with Classroom Voces

With an influx of technology into classrooms, teaching has undergone a major change. From traditional lectures, classrooms have shifted to technologically driven interactive sessions. In Liberty Middle School, students from Señora Cielo Canola’s Spanish class use a series of eTextbooks called “Voces,” which means ‘voices’ in Spanish. read more

LES welcomes actor, comedian and storyteller Tim Hartman

LES students  found themselves traveling around the globe on Feb. 9 with some fun “folk trails” about bullying from Broadway actor, national storyteller, comedian and singer Tim Hartman. read more

Important notice about snow "give back" days

When snow days are not used, the district “gives them back” by closing school on days that were originally scheduled to have school in session. Although we have seven snow days built into the schedule for the 2015-2016 school year, as of Feb. 16, we have used one.  It therefore seems prudent to begin making a plan for “giving back” some of these snow days. read more

LHS photography students present “My Point of View”

The “My Point of View” exhibit will be on display now through Feb. 28 at the Liberty Public Library. Click here to see photos from opening night.

View Public Health Services’ letter about probable case of pertussis at LHS

Another student at Liberty has been treated for a probable case of pertussis (whooping cough). This letter will be sent home with all students on Jan. 29: English | Español

LPA presents Cinderella

Liberty performing arts will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as this year’s spring musical. The show will take place on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 in the Panebaker Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets will be $10 for adults, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Click here for the cast list.

The Liberty Elementary School Valentine's Dance will be Feb. 11

LES and Parent Connect will host its annual Valentine's Dance on Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. The event is open to all elementary school students and their parents or guardians. Click here for the flyer and RSVP form: English | Spanish

Liberty students treated for scabies

According to Sullivan County Public Health Services, a few students attending Liberty Central School District have presented either evidence of or contact with scabies. Scabies is contagious and is usually spread from prolonged and continuous skin to skin contact. The district is notifying all parents and providing them with information of the symptoms and treatment of scabies. Click here to view the letter that was sent home to parents on Friday, Jan. 22: English | Español

Liberty seniors and brothers sign letter of intent to play collegiate baseball

Two Liberty baseball standouts and Liberty High School seniors Andrew and Caleb Phillips officially announced that they plan to continue their sports careers in college next fall at Cairn University and Houghton University, respectively.  read more

Liberty High School has confirmed a probable case of whooping cough

One probable case of pertussis, also known as whooping cough, has been confirmed in Liberty High School. The district is notifying all parents and providing them with information of the symptoms and treatment of pertussis. Click here to view the letter that was sent home to parents on Tuesday, Jan. 19 English | Español

Your children’s health: addressing pertussis (whooping cough)

Pertussis, known more commonly as whooping cough, is a serious and potentially fatal infection that has begun to increase among those not vaccinated against it. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by cough. It begins with cold symptoms and a cough that can worsen within one to two weeks. read more

Stay informed about weather-related closings and delays

With wintry weather in the forecast, Liberty Central School District wants to remind parents and guardians how weather-related closings and delays are announced. read more

Information for families about school and extreme cold

When very cold weather strikes, the Liberty Central School District receives many questions from families and staff asking whether school will be delayed or closed due to cold temperatures alone. Under certain conditions, the superintendent of schools may determine that school should be delayed or closed for the safety of the district’s students and staff. read more

Six questions in 60 seconds with Kyle McGinn  

Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members. This month’s interview is with Kyle McGinn, a science teacher at Liberty Middle School. read more

Liberty High School placed on temporary "stay put" as a precaution

On Friday, Jan. 8, Liberty High School initiated a temporary stay put procedure after the Liberty Police Department notified school officials that a student had received a text message about a shooting threat. In addition, a district wide lockout procedure was also initiated. Both procedures were lifted by 11:50 a.m., as police determined the threat was not credible. read more

Information session on Montreign Casino to take place Jan. 12

Empire Resorts is hosting an informational session on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at the Sullivan County Government Center for contractors and vendors that are interested in providing services and/or supplies for Montreign Resort Casino. read more

Liberty Public Library to feature Minions, Groundhog Day, Inside Out and more through film series

Check out what’s playing at the Friday Family Film Festival series at Liberty Public Library. Movies start at 2:45 p.m. Bring the kids – and some snacks – for free! Click here for more information.

Congressman Gibson visits Liberty High School

On Jan. 4, Congressman Chris Gibson visited Liberty High School to discuss current events and issues with the school’s juniors and seniors. read more

There will be a blood drive on Jan. 8

Student Council is hosting a blood drive on Friday, Jan. 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the high school band room. Please e-mail coset@libertyk12.org with questions, concerns or to make an appointment.

Students, sign up for Battle of the Books!

Liberty Middle/High School is searching for students who want to participate in Battle of the Books, a book-related competition for students in grades 6-12. Students will be quizzed about books that they have read from a designated reading list and will test their knowledge in a culminating competition against other Sullivan County libraries in April. view flyer

Jazz Festival will now take place Feb. 6

Please note that the district’s annual Jazz Festival has been rescheduled and will now take place on Friday, Feb. 6 instead of Jan. 30 as originally printed on the district calendar.

January Artist of the Month announced

Congratulations to Berlin Andrade-Ortega in Mr. Philips fourth grade class, who will receive a certificate and have her artwork is displayed in the lobby of the Elementary school’s main entrance. read more

Students, staff send holiday greetings to troops

The high school INTERACT Club would like to thank students and staff for participating in their overseas military collection. With your help, the club was able to send seven large boxes of items to send to our troops.

Teachers and staff give freely over the holiday

Teachers and staff are proud to once again help provide holiday gifts to children. Since its inception, the Adopt a Family Program has linked generous staff members with families in need of extra support during the holidays. This year, the program has connected donors with 19 families and a total of 65 children.

Coming home: Kort Wheeler and Liz Fuentes

While most Liberty Central School District graduates return to campus only for the occasional reunion or sporting event, some opt for a more permanent kind of homecoming – as faculty members. read more

Wilhelm named Times Herald Record Coach of the Year

On Dec. 19, Times Herald Record named John Wilhelm as Coach of the Year for leading the football team through their most successful season in recent history. Under his guidance, the Indians finished the season with an 11-1 record losing only to Greenwich in the state;s Class C semifinal game. Click here to read the full article.

President signs new federal education law

On Dec. 10, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), replacing the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). The bipartisan bill passed both houses of Congress by wide margins earlier this month. This came after three failed attempts to replace NCLB since it expired in 2007. read more

Students present handbook amendments in panel

Students in grade 4 asked questions and voiced concerns to administrators about the procedures outlined in the handbook regarding subordinate behavior in the school and on the bus. read more

All invited to “Who’s Driving the Bus” advocacy event

Liberty Central School District staff and parents, as well as Liberty community members, are invited to attend “Who’s Driving the Bus?” a free advocacy event to be held on Tues., January 5, 2016 (snow date January 7). read more

Seniors talk inspiration, future at SC School Board Association dinner

On Nov. 30, LHS seniors Danielle Rabadi and Gillian Williams attended the Sullivan County School Board Association late fall dinner to speak about what learning looks like at Liberty Central School District. read more

Third grade UNICEF fundraiser a success

The third grade classes from Liberty Elementary School hosted a UNICEF drive this past October and November and raised $1,373.49, all of which will go toward improving access to safe water and sanitation facilities. read more

Parents invited to attend CyberALLY presentation

Liberty Middle and High School parents are invited to attend a 90 minute anti-bullying presentation on Thursday, Dec. 17 hosted by the schools’ guidance department. read more

State now requires meningitis vaccination in grades 7, 12

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, students entering seventh and 12th grades must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease in order to attend school in New York state.

Students make a different kind of turkey at the Principal’s Table

Each month, teachers select a Shining Star from their homeroom class to sit and celebrate at The Principal’s Table. This month’s group of Shining Stars got to work on a fun (delicious!) Thanksgiving activity with Principal Harris. Thank you to Wal-Mart for donating the pencils! view album

Episode four of LES Live! now available

Liberty Elementary School recently introduced LES Live!, a YouTube video series that will captures some of the best moments at the school. Click here to view episode one through three. Stay tuned for the next episode!

Preschool students visit Liberty Public Library

On Friday, Nov. 6, students from Mrs. Tracey Magie’s preschool classes took a trip to Liberty Public Library as part of an ongoing lesson to learn more about their community. view album

Six questions in sixty seconds with Jodi Lieberman

Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members. This month’s interview is with Jodi Lieberman, a writing teacher and reading specialist Liberty Elementary. read more

LHS releases honor roll lists

LHS has released the list of students who have achieved honors and high honors for the first quarter. To see the list of students click here

Liberty Indians fall to Greenwich 41-13

On Nov. 21 the Liberty Indians took the field against the Greenwich Witches in a semifinal game of the NYPHSAA Class C football tournament. The Indians had the best season a Liberty football team has ever experienced and were a source of pride not only to their fans but to many followers across the Hudson Valley. Even in defeat the Indians proved they are a "class act" crediting Greenwich with a good game and showing respect for their coaches and teammates. LIBERTY PRIDE!

Six questions in sixty seconds with Maureen Crescitelli

Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty Central School District staff members. This month’s interview is with Maureen Crescitelli, a Special Education teacher in the high school. read more

Liberty Pride adorns the halls of the high school

Throughout the season, Liberty students and staff took time out of their schedules to adorn the halls of the high school with Liberty pride and school spirit. Two pep rallies were not enough: the walls, floors, ceilings and nearly every inch in between has been plastered with red, white and black. Click here to view photos.

The Class of 2016 is selling holiday wreaths, Krispy Kreme doughnuts

The Class of 2016 is selling locally made wreaths for $15 and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts for $7 for a dozen glazed and $6 for a half dozen specialty filled. Contact cflynn@libertyk12.org for more information.

Winter concert dates announced

The Liberty Central School Music Department is pleased to announce its upcoming winter concert series. All performances are in the Liberty High School David Panebaker Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m, unless otherwise noted. read more

LPA production a huge success

Liberty Performing Arts presented another successful production. This time it was "Million Dollar Meatballs"! Click here to view pictures from the event.

Liberty Indians defeat Dobbs Ferry Eagles 33-21

On Saturday, Nov. 14 the Liberty Indians took the field against the Dobbs Ferry Eagles of Section 1. Although  down by 12-14 at half time, the Indians fought back to win the game. The Indians will face Greenwich Witches of Section 2 at Dietz Stadium at 11 a.m. on Nov. 21. read more

NYS Health Department recommends flu vaccine

The New York State Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. read more

Liberty Central School District featured in School Scene

Technology has become a key focus at Liberty Central School District, but teachers and administrators make sure that our students still get personal attention and assistance. Read all about it in this year's issue of the Sullivan County Democrat’s School Scene.

Interact and LHS Student Council sponsor holiday food drive

From now until Nov. 20 all students and staff are asked to bring in canned goods and non-perishable items. Boxes for food collection are in the HS homerooms and in the MS and ES main offices. If anyone has a turkey that they would like to donate, please email Mrs. Medina.

Liberty Indians Football remains undefeated

On Saturday, Nov. 7 the Liberty Indians met the Millbrook Blazers at Dietz Stadium. The result was the same as in Liberty's last 5 games...a shutout! Liberty scored 21 points while stifling the Millbrook offense. read more

Law now requires schools to teach CPR

A new state mandate requires all high schools in New York to provide instruction of hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and training in the use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) to students as part of the health education curriculum.  read more

Liberty students get a taste of government

It’s possible the future town, county, city or state government officials are roaming the hallways of Liberty High School, and a handful of them are more than prepared after spending time with local town and county legislators. read more

LPA to present "Million Dollar Meatballs" Nov. 13-14

 Come see the members of Liberty Performing Arts perform this play and help solve the crime! The doors open at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday. The price of a ticket is $8 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. read more

BB gun found on school grounds

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, officials from Liberty High School found a BB gun in a student’s locker. Although there was no expressed threat, the student is facing disciplinary consequences in accordance with our code of conduct and Board of Education policies. read more

Two students selected to perform at All-State Music Festival in December

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce that two student-musicians have been selected to represent Liberty at the All-State Music Festival to be held in Rochester in December. read more

Nine students chosen to represent Liberty at Area-All State Festival Nov. 20-21

The district is proud to announce that nine student-musicians have been selected to represent Liberty in the Zone 9 Area-All State Festival on Friday, Nov. 20 and Saturday, Nov. 21 at Suffern High School. read more

Liberty Central School District celebrates Unity Day

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, students and staff at Liberty Central School District observed Unity Day, an annual event sponsored by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, on Oct. 21. read more

Liberty Indians football team completes perfect season

On Friday night the Liberty Indians rolled over the Eldred Yellowjackets 57-0 at Eldred. Next up for Liberty is the Section 9 Class C semifinal playoff game on Saturday, Oct. 31. read more

LES teachers engage in professional development

Teachers from Liberty Elementary School became students for the day during the 89th Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) Saturday Reunion on Oct. 17 in New York. read more

Liberty Elementary School thanks drivers for being cautious

In effort to keep traffic moving safely during arrival and dismissal time at the elementary school, the district asks drivers  to avoid taking a left turn when exiting by the library onto Main Street if possible.

State Education Department launches online survey for feedback on Common Core

On Oct. 21, the State Education Department (SED) launched online survey to receive feedback and recommendations in regard to the K-12 common core standards in English language arts and math. The survey, which will be open until Nov. 30, is extensive in length and does not need to be completed in one sitting. read more | access survey

Girls’ varsity soccer team makes sectionals

The Liberty girls’ varsity soccer team has advanced to the Section 9 Class B sectional tournament and will face Dover on Oct. 27 at 2 p.m.  read more

Stay informed about weather-related closings and delays

With cooler temperatures in the forecast, Liberty Central School District wants to remind parents and guardians how weather-related closings and delays are announced. read more

Six questions in 60 seconds with Patti Green, Carrie LaJoie and Debbie Rusin

Six questions in 60 seconds is the district’s new web series in which we interview Liberty staff members. First up for the 2015-16 school year is Patti Green, Carrie LaJoie and Debbie Rusin.  read more

All mySchoolBucks.com® accounts will be inaccessible Oct. 30-Nov. 4

The Food Services Department will be updating its computerized Point of Sale (POS) system for the purchase of school meals. As a result, mySchoolBucks.com® will be inaccessible Oct. 30-Nov 4. After Nov. 4, parents will need to reenter their child’s information in order to link the account to the new POS system. read more

Liberty Middle and High School to host Unity Day, Oct 21

Liberty Middle and High School students and staff are recognizing October as Bullying Prevention Month and asking local residents and businesses to wear orange on this year's Unity Day, Oct. 21. read more

Volleyball team to host annual Pink Out Oct. 14

Liberty residents are invited to participate in the volleyball team’s annual "Pink Out" games and bake sale on Wednesday, Oct. 14 in the Liberty High School. read more

Food service discards students’ toaster pastries after insects were found

The Liberty School District Food Service Department discarded its district-wide supply of Pop-Tarts after several middle school students noticed small insects inside the brown sugar and strawberry flavored toaster pastries they were served as part of their school breakfast on Wednesday, Oct. 7.  read more

Schools to dismiss early Thursday, Oct. 8, for district-wide drill

On Thursday, Oct. 8, the Liberty Central School District will participate in an early release emergency drill. All schools will dismiss 15 minutes earlier than their regular times. Click here for information from each school.

Referee collapses during Oct. 2 soccer game; student support available

A referee at Liberty High School collapsed and was taken off the field in an ambulance during a soccer game on Friday, Oct. 2. As a means of offering support, the school’s guidance counselors will be available throughout the week for students to talk to, at the student’s or parent’s request. read more

Stay informed about weather-related closings and delays

Although the path of Hurricane Joaquin is not yet determined, Liberty Central School District wants to remind parents and guardians how weather-related closings and delays are announced. read more

Spirit Week and Pride Weekend to take place Oct. 5-10

Liberty High School is getting ready for Spirit Week and Pride Weekend. Six days of fun, activities and athletic events are set for Monday, Oct. 5 through Saturday, Oct. 10. read more

Theatreworks USA presents Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School

Liberty Elementary School is thrilled to announce Theatreworks USA will present two performances of Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School for all students grades pre-k – 5 on Thursday, Oct. 8. read more

Order your yearbook before Oct. 16 and save big

Students will save up to $11 off the regular price of $68 and, if applicable, recieve three free icons for the cover of his/her personalized yearbook if the order is placed before Oct. 16. read more 

LES uses iPads to increase productivity, personalize learning

During the school's Sept. 16 open house event,  parents and guardians learned more about eSpark, an app-based program that Liberty’s elementary school teachers use to personalize and individualize learning. read more

Students will go orange on Unity Day, Oct. 21 to help prevent bullying

Students from Liberty Middle School are encouraged to help spread awareness about bullying prevention by wearing orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 21. Help the middle school send one large message of support, hope, and unity! read more

Common Core Math for Parents course begins Oct. 26

In effort to demystify the Common Core approach to math, the Sullivan County BOCES Adult Education Program is holding special math sessions to give parents and caregivers of students of all ages an opportunity to work on the same math problems their children work on each day.

Valuable ESL classes and resources available

In honor of its cultural diversity, Liberty hosted its eighth annual orientation event for English as a Second Language (ESL) families on Aug. 27. There, dozens of students and their parents joined community members to learn more about opportunities available for their families.  READ MORE

Kindergarten guidance visits will take place weekly

Each week, Guidance Counselor Linda Krokus conducts 20 minute kindergarten visits filled with activities, games and lessons. Click here to read a letter sent home to parents from Ms. Krokus.

Residents invited to celebrate the rejuvenation of Church Street

Celebrate the rejuvenation of Church Street in Liberty at a free block party Saturday, Sept.12 from 1-4 p.m. READ MORE

3rd annual 'salute to service' highlights employee service

 Over 50 employees were honored during a Superintendent’s Conference Day on Sept. 2 for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30+ years of service at Liberty Central School District.  READ MORE

Tax rates set for 2015-16

At its Aug. 25 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education adopted the district’s tax rate calculation for the 2015-16 school year that carries an average tax rate decrease of 5.44 percent. READ MORE

Preschool Open House/Orientation will take place Tuesday, Sept. 1 
Please note that the Pre-K Open House/Orientation date has changed and will now be held on Tuesday, Sept. 1. Click here to read a letter that was sent home to the parents and guardians of all preschool students. read more

Liberty Rotary Club will host barbecue dinner, motivational speaker on Aug. 26
Liberty Rotary Club invites parents and students to attend a barbecue on Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Hanofee Park. Speaker Lois Barth will offer insight about how to stand out and achieve their goals.  read more

Stay up to date with Class of 2016 news and events
Parents and/or guardians: There are several ways you can be kept in the information loop.  read more

September is Attendance Awareness Month
The first month of the school year is an important landmark and, in terms of attendance, can indicate how the rest of the year is going to go. Because of the importance of a strong start, September has been designated as Attendance Awareness Month  read more

Grades 3-8 assessment results released by the state
On Aug. 12, the New York State Education Department released results from assessment tests that students across the state in grades 3-8 took in the spring of 2015.  read more

Liberty seeks to raise funds for salad bars in its schools
As part of an ongoing effort to provide students with easy access to healthy foods, Liberty Central School District is raising funds to bring a salad bar to all three of its schools.  read more

Free breakfast procedures at Liberty Central School District
Beginning Sept. 8, free breakfast and lunch will be served to all students at Liberty. Click here to learn more about the breakfast procedures at each school.  read more

Summer Learning Academy ends on a sweet note
Students from the K-6 Summer Learning Academy reflected on their sweet summer with an end-of-term ice cream celebration. read more

New immunization requirements for school entry
As summer vacation begins to wind down, now is a good time to make sure your child is up-to-date on his or her immunizations. read more

Ways to save at back-to-school sales
As the lazy days of summer dwindle and the first day of school looms on the horizon, parents everywhere are gearing up for the (often dreaded) back-to-school supplies shopping trip. read more

ESL Parent Night will take place on Aug. 27
The district’s annual ESL Parent Orientation Program will take place on Thursday, August 27 at 6:30 p.m. read more

Flu clinic for staff and faculty to be held September 25
The Health Office will hold an on-site flu clinic for faculty and staff on Friday, September 25 at the Liberty High School at 3 p.m.  read more

Middle school supply lists are now available
School supply lists for grades 5-8 are now available.  read more

Heat-stress awareness important for athletes, parents, coaches
Liberty's athletes are spending the summer preparing for the sports season. As the temperature rises, so does the risk for heat stress.  Remind yourself of the signs and symptoms of dehydration, heat stress and exhaustion here. read more 

'Summer slide' can be slippery slope for young readers
Learn more about the summer slide — that annual dip in educational activity that causes kids to "lose" some of what they learned during the school year — and what you can do to prevent it.   read more 

The summer search for a college: Where to begin and what to expect
A campus visit early on can save students and parents a lot of effort and stress. As good as a college may sound on paper – or online – sometimes a real-world visit can make it clear that it is not the right fit. read more 

Put a stop to summer bullying
The final bell of the school year might seem to signal a reprieve from schoolyard bullying. But harassing behavior doesn't keep a calendar and, sadly, it doesn't stop where campus borders end. read more 

Liberty Elementary School is on Twitter
Follow @LibertyElemSchl tweet and updates, highlights, pictures, and other items of interest as they happen throughout the days at the school.  read more

Liberty welcomes Maurice Greenberg to the Wall of Fame 
The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame inducted one new member at its annual banquet on Saturday, June 27. read more

Liberty seniors turn their tassels
The Liberty High School Class of 2015 bid farewell at on Saturday, June 27, during a commencement ceremony at the Robert Van Slyke Gymnasium.  read more

Watch Liberty High School’s commencement ceremony live online
click here to watch the entire Class of 2015 commencement ceremony online!

WWII Veteran receives long-awaited high school diploma
Time Warner Cable sat down with Edward Palmer, a veteran who received his honorary diploma from Liberty High School. Click here for additional footage from the Class of 2015 commencement ceremony. read more

Liberty grad looks onward after cancer fight
Class of 2015 graduate Liz Grese was recently featured in the Times Herald Record after being selected as an exceptional senior. read more

Liberty Central School District will offer universal free meals for every child
Beginning on September 8, the district will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast to all students, regardless of their income status. read more

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