Crescitelli answers 6 questions in 60 seconds

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.

Known for her high energy, creative lessons and innovative ways of
engaging students, Mrs. Crescitelli makes a positive impact each
day in her classroom and throughout the school.

“Maureen works with our Life Skills students and provides them
with a warm and supportive environment where they learn skills
that will help them become independent adults,” said Middle/High
School Principal Jack Strassman. “The program that she runs is one
of our districts’ highlights.”

Mrs. Crescitelli engages her students in activities that bring
classroom lessons to life. Her classroom is bright and welcoming,
and invites students to be active participants in their own
education. Her passion comes as no surprise, as being a teacher
has been a childhood dream.

“I’ve always wanted to be a teacher,” she said. “The greatest
Christmas gift I’ve ever gotten was a chalkboard when I was six
years old.”

Mrs. Crescitelli grew up in Long Island with her parents who were
World War II veterans.

“My parents worked very hard to support their family,” she said.
“Neither of them went to college, so that was a goal they wanted
for their children.”

Mrs. Crescitelli has made her family proud. She attended The
National College of Education in Illinois for two years before
transferring St. Joseph’s College in New York. She graduated in
1980 and married her high school sweetheart.

A teacher for thirty-five years, she still continues to make a
difference each day and helps encourage her students and peers to
work to the best of their ability – and then a little bit more.

“I hope every teacher feels as I do,” she said. “This is not just
a job to me; it’s an adventure every day.”

Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the
Liberty school community. Throughout the year, “Six questions”
features randomly selected employees each week so staff members,
parents, students and other community members can develop a more
personal connection with the men and women who make this a special
place to learn and work.

1. What three traits define you?

Caring: I really care about people, especially my kids (students).

Social: I love to socialize and be around people all the time.

Organized: I am usually organized. It doesn’t always seem that way
if you look at my desk but I usually know where things are, except
my glasses of course. I lose them on a weekly basis.

2. What is your personal philosophy?

Do the right thing; You may not always have a piece of the action,
but you will always have peace of mind; Be kind to everyone.

3. What would you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
My thirty-five years of teaching at every level. I have taught on
the elementary, middle and high school level. I love teaching and
I always have. I hope I have made my parents proud by being a hard
worker and raising my children with my husband whom I adore.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
Mother Teresa: Mother Teresa has had a profound
effect on the world. She helped one person at a time and gave of
herself so completely.
Dolly Parton: Dolly Parton is an unbelievable
artist and she just always sings from her heart.
Pope Francis: Pope Francis is going to change the
world with his goodness and love for humanity. I think all three
of these people live their lives in such a way that the world is a
better place for having them in it.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?
I would tell myself to learn how play an instrument. I went to
Parochial school and we did not have the opportunity to learn an
instrument. I would love to be able to play the drums or the
violin.

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
Oh boy, that is tough because I feel like I am an open book!
People may not know that I am an excellent swimmer. I would also
love to work at Disney World one day as a character. By the time I
get there maybe I could be Cinderella’s fairy God mother. Maybe
when I retire and move south there will be a spot for me.

Pictured: Mrs Crescitelli stands with her students in front of
their Thanksgiving themed bulletin board.

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Winter concert schedule 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.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 – Middle School Grades 5/6 Concert (snow date Dec. 2). Due to parent conferences at Liberty Elementary School this concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 9 – High School Concert part one featuring the Honors ensembles and Tri-M Induction Ceremony. (snow date Dec. 10)

Monday, Dec. 14 – Middle School Grades 7/8 concert (snow date Dec. 15)

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – High School Winter Concert part two featuring the String Orchestra, Symphonic Band, Mixed Chorus and Jazz Ensemble (snow date Dec. 17)

Wednesday, Dec. 16 – Elementary Winter Concert Assembly – This will take place in the Elementary Gym at 8:30am (snow date Dec. 17)

“The students and staff have been working rigorously to present a
diverse, challenging and entertaining concert series. Our
performing ensembles utilize the NYS Art Standards and offer an
opportunity for the community to be engaged in the process,” said
Tim Hamblin, Director of Music.

All performances are free and open to the public. The district
respectfully requests that all children be accompanied by a parent
or guardian.

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music for further
information. He can be reached at 292-5400 X2021 or
thamblin@libertyk12.org.

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Fiddle-Lieberman answers 6 questions in 60 seconds

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 Fiddle-Lieberman, a
writing teacher and reading specialist Liberty Elementary School.

There may not be a greater honor for a school than its alumni
wishing to recreate his or her elementary school experience with a
new generation of students.

Mrs. Fiddle-Lieberman grew up in Sullivan County and graduated
from Liberty High School in 1983. She studied teaching at the
University of Albany earning a degree in English. She returned to
her hometown of Parksville, four years later in 1987. That
September, she joined several of her fellow classmates, who also
became teachers. Together they turned colleagues, who wanted to
return to their alma mater to try to make Liberty as impactful a
school for future generations, as it was for them.

“I started off teaching the sixth grade,” she said, “I knew I
wanted to give back to the community I loved. Over the years, I’ve
had the pleasure of watching so many of my students grow into such
wonderful citizens! I like to think that I had a small part in
this process.”

Mrs. Lieberman also stated that she hopes to continue to make a
difference in the lives of Liberty student. She feels unbelievably
lucky to work with so many colleagues who have guided her along
the way.

Every employee plays a role in the vitality and success of the
Liberty school community. Throughout the year, “Six questions”
features randomly selected employees each week so staff members,
parents, students and other community members can develop a more
personal connection with the men and women who make this a special
place to learn and work.

1. What three traits define you?
Inspirational, loving, energetic

2. What is your personal philosophy?
Always try to be the BEST THAT YOU CAN BE!

3. What would you consider to be your greatest
accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment continues to be my three children.

4. Who are your biggest inspirations?
My family is my biggest inspiration. They continually push me
to be the best that I can be and
remind me to balance my life.

5. What would you tell yourself at elementary school age?

RELAX and have fun!!

6. Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

Mickey Mouse and I share the same birthday which is Nov. 18!

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Health Department recommends flu vaccination

The New York State Health Department recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. This is a healthy habit worth picking up, especially considering the fact that the flu causes tens of thousands of deaths (cdc.gov). The New York State Department of Health, the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics, along with a host of other health organizations, support the recommendation that everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine every year. Certain people are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated annually because they are at a higher risk for flu-related health complications. These high-risk groups include:

  • All family members, household contacts and care providers of children who are younger than 5 years old -– with a special emphasis on those who care for infants under 6 months -– and people 50 years and older
  • People with weakened immune systems or certain chronic health conditions, such as asthma or diabetes
  • All health care professionals
  • Pregnant women
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LIberty Indians Football enjoys success

On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 14, the Liberty Indians defeated the Dobbs Ferry Eagles of Section 1 by a score of 33-21 in a regional playoff game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Liberty advances to the semifinals of the state Class C tournament and will play against Section 2 Class C champion Greenwich at 11 a.m. Saturday November 21 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. They are the only Section 9 team still alive in post season play! The Indians were down 14-12 at halftime but once again showed that they are a complete team making plays on defense, offense and special teams.

Senior Kevin Morgans scored the final touchdown on a 17 yard rush but also made outstanding plays on defense making 12 solo tackles, assisted on three others and blocking a punt. Senior corner Shane Black intercepted a late Dobbs Ferry pass deep in Liberty territory to stop the Eagles on their last drive. Black also caught a pass from Grant Harman in the third quarter. Harman threw for three TD’s going 11 for 20 for 163 yards, good enough for the honor of offensive player of the game. Sophomore running back Roy Penn-Cosentino scored a rushing touchdown in the third quarter. Liberty blocked two punts in the first half with both resulting in scores. After Morgan’s blocked punt Liberty scored when harman completed a pass to senior halfback Nicholas Engel. Just before the half ended, senior defensive end Tarik Johnson blocked a punt that led to a score when Harman connected with Raleigh Ranne on a screen on the next play.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Nov. 7, the Liberty Indians defeated the Millbrook Blazers by a score of 21-0 in the Section 9 Class C championship game at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. Liberty advances to intersectional play against Section 1 Class C champion Dobbs Ferry at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. The Indians held the powerful Millbrook offense in check while putting their own points on the board. Millbrook’s only two losses this year came at the hands of the Indians. Liberty now stands at 10-0 and has outscored their last 6 opponents 268-0!

Although Liberty’s win was a team effort on both sides of the ball, several players had outstanding performances. Senior Kevin Morgans was named Offensive Player of the game rushing for 126 yards on 23 carries. Sophomore running back Roy Penn-Cosentino scored two rushing touchdowns while running back Raleigh Ranne also ran the ball into the end zone. Defense and special teams played an important part in the game. The Indians defense recovered three fumbles and had two interceptions. The Liberty kickoff return team was ready for Millbrook’s onside kick to start the second half. Joshwa Benjamin recovered the ball and ran it to the Millbrook 18 yard line.

On the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 31, the Liberty Indians defeated the Bulldogs of Sullivan West by a score of 56-0 in a Section 9 Class C semifinal game. Liberty advances to the Section 9 Class C championship game against the Millbrook Blazers at Dietz Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3 p.m. The Indians took a 42-0 lead into the locker room at halftime and coasted to the lopsided victory. Junior running back Raeleigh Ranne, scored four touchdowns with two coming on passes from quarterback Grant Harman. Liberty’s defense had four interceptions and allowed the Bulldogs only four first downs.

Liberty’s opponent in the championship game will be the Millbrook Blazers who beat Chester 48-44 surviving a late run by the Hambletonians. Liberty will have to contain Millbrook’s Delvin Wood and use their high-powered offense to again defeat the Blazers.


On Friday, Oct. 23, 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. The game will be played at noon at Dietz Stadium in Kingston. As the number one seed liberty will take on the number four seed Sullivan West. Liberty easily defeated the Bulldogs
52-0 on Oct. 17 in Lake Huntington. Hopefully, Liberty will not need any ‘tricks’ to ‘treat’ Sullivan West to another defeat.

Liberty’s schedule is shown below with the away games in capitals.

Date Opponent Score
Sat 9/5 Millbrook 40-34
Sat 9/12 O’Neill 41-16
Sat 9/19 Roscoe 46-8
Sat 9/26 Tri-Valley 56-10
Fri 10/2 Chester 27-0
Sat 10/10 Fallsburg 55-0
Sat 10/17 Sullivan West 52-0
Fri 10/23 Eldred 57-0

 

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High schools required to instruct in 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.

“This legislation will help ensure more New Yorkers are prepared
to perform CPR and by equipping our kids with this knowledge, we
can prevent unnecessary deaths,” said former Assemblyman Harvey
Weisenberg in 2014 after the bill he sponsored was signed into law
by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The regulation went into last month after approval by the Board of
Regents in September.

What does this mean for schools?

Students must be provided with the hands-only CPR and AED training
before they graduate, including this year’s seniors, who will need
the training before graduation.

  • Students only need to be provided this instruction once
    during their high school careers.
  • Teachers administering the training are not required to be
    certified in CPR or operation of AEDs.
  • Schools can choose to provide comprehensive CPR
    instruction provided by a certified instructor.

What must be included in the instruction?

Instruction should be based on a nationally recognized program
that uses the most current hands-only CPR guidelines issued by the
American Heart Association (or equivalent organization);
specifically:

  • Students will be taught to recognize the signs of possible
    cardiac arrest and call 911.
  • Instructors must provide students with hands-on
    opportunities to demonstrate the skills needed and
    compressions necessary to perform hands-only CPR.
  • Instructors must provide students with awareness about the
    use of an AED, including showing what an AED looks like and
    where it is located, as well as demonstrating the AED.

What is hands-only CPR and why is conventional CPR not required?

Hands-only CPR involves only chest compressions; no rescue breaths
(mouth-to-mouth resuscitation) are necessary. According to the
American Heart Association, CPR can more than double a person’s
chances of survival, and studies show that people receiving
hands-only CPR are as likely to survive as those receiving
conventional CPR with rescue breaths.

What is an automated external defibrillator (AED)?

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable device
that checks the heart rhythm and can send an electric shock to the
heart to try to restore a normal rhythm.

 

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