Candidates visit LHS

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.

With Election Day just a few days away, candidates for the
Sullivan County Legislature and Liberty Town Council took a
special trip to Liberty High School to share their personal
stories with students, encourage them to make the most of their
education, make good decisions and get involved.

Liberty High School seniors attended a special presentation given
by the candidates for the Sullivan County Legislature and Liberty
Town Council. There, they had the opportunity to see things from
the perspective of local government and even offered their own
suggestions on ways to help Liberty and Sullivan County grow and

Eighty seniors met with eight candidates and took part in a
round-table discussion and workshop to identify the strengths and
weaknesses of the town of Liberty, as well as the opportunities
and threats that face the area. Often referred to as a SWOT
analysis, the objective of the workshop was to identify the
strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats of the town.
Students took turns sharing their ideas and visions for making a
difference in Liberty.

For more images from the round-table discussion, visit the
district’s Facebook page.

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BB gun found in LHS locker

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
the Liberty Central School District Code of Conduct and Board of Education policies.

Because student safety is our highest priority, the district would
like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students about
the serious consequences of bringing any weapons or objects
resembling weapons onto school grounds.

Please be assured that we do not tolerate the possession of any
type of weapon on our campus, in accordance with Liberty Board of
Education Policy #5300.30.

When a student violates the policy, we follow strict procedures in
order to ensure the ongoing safety of students, staff members and
visitors to our campus. A student found to be in possession of a
weapon – in this case a BB gun – is immediately reported to law
enforcement, suspended from school and referred to a hearing with
the superintendent of schools. This process can result in
additional penalties imposed by the superintendent or the courts.

If you have any questions about Liberty safety procedures and
protocols, please contact the main office of your child’s school.

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Musicians chosen for Area-All State

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

These student-musicians were chosen to participate based upon
their performances at last year’s New York State School Music
Association solo evaluations and teacher recommendations. The
students are selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from
districts across Zone 9, which encompasses Green, Orange,
Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster County.

The nine Liberty students selected are:

(Area-All State Band) Jenna Blank, Zach Cody, Andrew Philips,
Caleb Philips, Marisa Riker, and Leanna Zilles;

(Area-All State Orchestra) Gillian Williams; and

(Area-All State Mixed Chorus) Andrew Monteiro is in the Mixed

In addition, Kiri Milling was selected as an alternate for the
Women’s Chorus.

“These students are fine examples of what can be accomplished
through practice and dedication, said Music Director Tim Hamblin.
“It is a rigorous audition process and they all need to be
commended on this endeavor”.

Liberty’s chosen students are anxiously preparing for the festival
with their school music teachers Tim Hamblin and Dan McConnell.
The pieces featured on the concerts are of a high level of
difficulty, equal to those performed by college and professional

For more information, please contact Director of Music Tim Hamblin
at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or

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LHS musicians chosen for All-State Music Festival

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.

According to Director of Music Tim Hamblin, being selected for
All-State is one of the highest obtainable achievements in music
education. Each year over 5000 students compete for a chance to
perform in one of the six ensembles.

Jenna Blank was selected to perform in the All-State Symphonic
Band. Jenna scored a near perfect score on her audition piece last
spring which made her eligible for selection.
In addition, Gillian Williams was selected as an alternate.
Gillian also received a near perfect score on her musical audition
last May.

“These two young ladies are gifted musicians who also excel in
their other academics. They epitomize passion, perseverance, and
dedication, said Mr. Hamblin. “They have gone and beyond to reach
this prestigious status and we are extremely proud.”

These students are currently under the direction of music teacher
Dan McConnell.

For more information, please contact Director of Music Tim Hamblin
at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or

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LPA presents “Million Dollar Meatballs”

On Friday, Nov. 13 and Sunday, Nov. 15, the members of Liberty Performing Arts will present “Million Dollar Meatballs”, a classical farce by Todd Wallinger. Both performances begin at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The cost of the tickets is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for students and seniors citizens.

Get ready for a comedy of epicurean proportions! Two bumbling jewel thieves are on the run from the cops when they duck into Chez Monyeu, a restaurant so bad the mice are their only repeat customers. And that’s just the start of their problems. Not only has Chez Monyeu’s chef just quit, but the city’s most powerful restaurant critic is about to arrive. In desperation, the restaurant’s owner, mistaking the thieves for famous French chefs, insist that they make their renowned Million Dollar Meatballs for the tough-minded critic. Insanity ensues as the pair try to keep up the ruse while hunting for the seven priceless diamonds they lost. Will the thieves get away with their crime? Where could the diamonds have gone? And why are the meatballs so crunchy? Find out in this deliciously funny farce!

Cast of Characters

Oliver Pitt – Smart-aleck dishwasher – Michael Fritz
Misha Stroganoff – gloomy Russian Waitress – Kiri Milling
Ginger Snap – maddeningly dense bus girl – Amanda Jackson
Candy Snap – another ditzy bus girl – Ashley Holloway
Gordon Ramrod – world’s 2nd greatest chef – Tom Clark
Ms. Sue DuJour – permanently flustered owner of the restaurant – Sarah Nadeau
Officer Sullivan – tough cop – Jessica Hewlett
Officer Wazowski – not so tough cop – Angelina Fontana
Beans – jewel thief – Arthur Torrens
Frankie – jewel thief with an interesting vocabulary – Lana Torrens
Madame Sherry – ditzy hostess – Erica Clark
Cecil Blueblood – arrogant restaurant critic – Andrew Monteiro
Janitor – not exactly a hard worker – Seth Desrochers
Tommy Two-tone – singing telegram guy – Cascio Fonseca

Jake from State Farm – Michael Perez
Frustrated actress – Rebecca Mielnicki
Rock Star – Michael Conklin
Happy couple – Karisa Yoli and Grant Harman

Carly Lamerand
Alana Lamerand
Alison DeFrank

Behind the Scenes

Stage Managers

Bryanna Keyes

Parent Volunteer

Mandy LeRoy

Set, Lighting and Cues

Mrs. Kathie Johansen’s Theatre Production Class


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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, a time when
communities unite to raise awareness of bullying prevention.

Bullying is physical, verbal or emotional harm or intimidation
intentionally directed at a person or group of people.
Unfortunately, statistics show one in every four students
experience bullying and nearly all students will witness bullying
during their years in school.

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
Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Unity Day is an effort that began in 2006 and is coordinated by
PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, a nonprofit
organization that provides innovative resources for students,
parents, and educators to build awareness that bullying is a
serious community issue that impacts students’ education, physical
and emotional health, and safety.

This day was just one of many ways Liberty Central School District
displays its dedication to building empathy, eliminating bullying
and igniting a movement of positive change within the school, said
Middle School Principal Richard Schacher.

Parents, businesses and residents joined students and staff by
donning orange shirts — the color of Unity Day — and participated
in a range of activities around bullying prevention, such as
singing songs, reading poems, signing anti-bullying pledges and
decorating the halls with messages of kindness and compliments.

Additionally, students and teachers wrote messages on paper chains
about how to make their schools safer, more welcoming and
supportive environments. Students read books that focused on
themes like unity, diversity, inclusion, positive behavior and
being an “upstander” rather than a bystander.

School leaders say the idea is that by wearing similar articles of
clothing, all members of the Liberty community can unite as one
force to promote positive social interaction.

“We’re so thankful for the local organizations and businesses that
helped support our cause,” said Mr. Schacher.

Liberty places an important yearlong focus on anti-bullying,
because it creates a habit of behavior for them on how to treat
people, he said.

Liberty Central School District is committed to providing a
positive school environment where all students feel safe and can
focus on learning.

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District implementing CPR mandate for students

On Oct. 7 New York became the 19th state to require that hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) be taught to all senior high school students. The Board of Regents adopted the amendment to the Commissioner of Education’s regulations which go into effect immediately. The move was applauded by the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Red Cross (ARC), members of the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community and citizens who worked for 10 years to implement the instruction. Hands-only CPR instruction must be provided at least once in a student’s high
school career and will be a requirement for graduation. Anyone
providing CPR is protected by the “Good Samaritan” law as are the
instructors and school districts. The law provides immunity from
liability to any “Good Samaritan” who voluntarily, and without
monetary compensation, gives emergency assistance to a person who is
unconscious, ill or injured. (Article 30 Section 3000a of the NYS Public Health Law)

The Liberty Central School District is currently determining how to best implement hands-only CPR and AED instruction in the high school. Considerations include where to put the instruction in the existing curriculum, who will provide the instruction and what equipment is needed to meet this new mandate. Instruction must be based on a nationally recognized program that uses the most current guidelines established by the AHA. The program is expected to take from two to four classroom periods to complete. Since CPR cards will not be issued to students following instruction, any certified teacher or CPR instructor can teach the material. Several low-cost and no-cost options are available for
schools to obtain the necessary equipment to provide CPR instruction. Schools may purchase a complete kit with 10 inflatable manikins and other necessary equipment for $625. The kit can be used to instruct from 10 to 20 students in one session. Cooperating with local emergency medical services and existing CPR instructor networks could significantly reduce the cost to the district.

When a cardiac arrest occurs, the victim’s heart stops pumping blood and their breathing ceases. Performing chest compressions will force blood to circulate through the body. As the chest is compressed, the lungs inflate and deflate ensuring that the blood contains oxygen. A study  commissioned by the American Heart Association and released in 2008 showed that hands-only CPR is effective and easy to perform. CPR must be started within 4 to 6 minutes to keep the vital internal organs like the brain alive. Chest compressions alone seldom restart a stop heart. Automated external defibrillators can be used to shock some victims so their heart returns to a normal rhythm. These devices are very safe and will only shock victims who would benefit from the treatment.

The “Chain of Survival” refers to the steps needed to give a cardiac arrest victim the best chance of survival. The steps are shown in the illustration above and include:

  • Immediate recognition of cardiac arrest and activation of the emergency response system
  • Early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) with an emphasis on chest compressions
  • Rapid defibrillation
  • Effective advanced life support
  • Integrated post-cardiac arrest care

The first three links in this chain can only be provided by people trained in CPR and the use of an AED. If these links are broken, the chance for a
cardiac arrest victim to survive is greatly decreased. Ralph
Bressler, an Emergency Medical Technician and CPR instructor for 30
years stated, “I have performed CPR over a hundred times and have
only two ‘saves’. In both of those cases CPR was started immediately
by a family member who continued this life-saving procedure until
advanced care arrived.In many other cases CPR was not being performed when the ambulance crew arrived making a ‘save’ very unlikely.”

Resources for Hands-only CPR

American Heart Association

American Red Cross

Hands-Only CPR video

Keep the beat, Learn Hands-Only CPR video

Ken Jeong AHA Hands-Only video

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Girls’ soccer team advances to sectionals

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

The Indians secured a spot in the finals on after defeating Burke
with a winning score of 4 – 1

The victory marks the eighth win for the girls this season.

According to Coach Anne Ramos, this year’s team has better
cohesion and knowledge of the game. This, she says, has been key
to the team’s improved win/loss record and sectional qualifier.

In addition, of our team plays travel soccer with Liberty United
Soccer Club, where they “compete against high quality opponents.”

“This experience leads to more creativity on the field, Mrs. Ramos
said. “They never give up and that’s what makes them winners.”

Led this year by team captains McKinnley Conklin (defense), Zoey
Jackson (goal keeper) and Karisa Yoli (defense), the girls have
adopted new team closeness this year and it is evident.

“We’re so proud of our team. We’ve never seen more determined,
talented, and all around amazing players. They play their hearts
out every single game, win or lose, and never give up, no matter
the score,” the girls said, noting that they’ve created wonderful
friendships and always work to lift each other up, no matter the

“The key to a successful team is strength, courage, determination,
and heart. This is the definition of our team. Game after game, we
keep moving forward and pushing ourselves to be better and
better,” Conklin, Jackson and Yoli said. “As graduating seniors,
we will truly miss this team. It’s been a privilege.”

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District asks for opinions on Common Core

Parents, school administrators, teachers and community members now
have a chance to voice their opinions on the Common Core academic

On Oct. 21, the State Education Department announced the launch of
an online survey to receive feedback and recommendations in regard
to the K-12 common core standards in English language arts and

The survey results will be considered by an advisory group that
will provide recommendations to the State Education Department and
the Board of Regents regarding appropriate revisions to the

Liberty Central School District encourages interested parents,
teachers and community to take this survey. The survey, which will
be open until Nov. 30, is extensive in length and does not need to
be completed in one sitting.

Click here to access the survey.

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Liberty student-musicians chosen for county festival

The district is proud to announce the selection of three students to perform in the Zone 9 Area-All State Festival on Friday, Nov. 21 and Saturday, Nov. 22 at Wallkill Senior High School.

These all-county student-musicians were chosen to participate based upon their performances at last year’s New York State School Music Association solo evaluations and teacher recommendations. The students are selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants from districts across Zone 9, which encompasses Green, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan and Ulster County.

The students are currently preparing for the festival with their school music teachers, and will participate in a series of rehearsals that culminate in concerts during the weekend of March 9. The pieces featured on the concerts are of a high level of difficulty, equal to those performed by college and professional ensembles.

Selected this year from Liberty were:
Senior Nefty Cubero (Trombone)
Junior Andrew Philips (Tuba)
Senior Kimberly Zuniga (Chorus)

Liberty’s chosen students are anxiously preparing.

“The music is more challenging than what we’re used to,” said Kimberly. “I’ve had to give up free time with friends to prepare, but that’s what makes me better. I’m excited to share the stage with other passionate performers.”

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” said Phillips. “I didn’t know if I was good enough. I have my family’s support and encouragement to thank for that.”

Nefty said, “I’m always nervous before any performance, but once I get on stage, I relax.”

All three students agree that with diligent practice, they will feel confident and ready.
As they reflected on the intensity of preparing for their performance, they noted ways in which their instrument of choice reflects their personality.

“I sing, but I also create upbeat and bubbly melodies with my flute,” said Kimberly. “It’s representative of my cheerful personality.”

“The bass trombone creates a powerful sound,” said Nefty. “It’s loud and proud and confident and definitely reflects my personality.”

“The tuba is a large instrument that keeps itself in check most of the time. It’s mellow and comfortable, explained Andrew. “It’s just like me: I’m feeling relaxed and ready for my performance.”

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