Elaine Grossinger Etess new Wall of Fame inductee

Alumnus Elaine Grossinger Etess will be the sole inductee to the Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame this June. Ms. Etess, a member of the Class of 1945, will join 22 fellow inductees who have selected over the past six years, since the Wall’s inception in 2011.

Ms. Etess will be honored June 24 at 8 a.m. for their various achievements during and after her time at Liberty High School.

Ms. Etess is a graduate of Liberty High School and a key member of the Liberty community and its history. Her family owned and operated the Grossingers Hotel and Country Club, one of the most famous hotels in the country.

She was Executive Vice President and co-owner of Grossingers prior to its sale in 1985. From 1990 until 2014 she was Director of Hospitality at Forest Trace, a resort retirement community in Lauderhill, Florida. She has been President of Elaine G. Etess Associates since 1985.

She was the first woman to be elected an officer of The American Hotel and Lodging Association. She served as President in 1989 and Chairman of the Board in 1990. Elaine has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Russell Sage College and Sullivan County Community College. She was selected as Woman of the Year by the Executive Women of Hospitality in 1991. In 1992 the Penn State Hotel and Restaurant Society honored her as their Executive of the Year.

In addition to her work at the hotel, Elaine was a leading figure in Liberty Central School District’s education system. She served on the Liberty Board of Education for a total of fifteen years. She was also a chairman of the Education Program Committee of the New York State School Boards Association.

The Wall of Fame is located in the lobby of the David E. Panebaker Auditorium at Liberty High School. Additional information about the honorees and the Wall of Fame will be available on www.libertyk12.org.

The Wall of Fame provides a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of the graduates of the school district and the daughters and sons of our community.
The distinguished alumni named to the Wall of Fame represent an extraordinary range of personal and professional achievements. It is our hope that such recognition will inspire current students to their own achievement in school and beyond.

As a school district that continually strives to instill in its students the concepts of achievement and excellence, the Wall’s inductees serve as exceptional role models. Their personal accomplishments, either to their individual fields of endeavor or to the broader community, exemplify what our students may attain through initiative and commitment.

For more information about the Wall of Fame, or to learn how to nominate an individual for next year’s class, please contact Alyssa Pagano at apagano@libertyk12.org or 845-292-5400 ext. 2055.

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Scholar athlete teams announced

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association acknowledges student-athletes during the fall, winter and spring seasons. A team is recognized if the GPA of 75% of the members of the team is 90 or greater. The team receives a certificate. In addition, all members of a team whose GPA is 90 or greater receive a pin to acknowledge their accomplishment.
(A * indicates a student whose average was 90 or above.)


Boys Indoor Track


Barbato, Isaiah*
Campos, Miguel
Cardenas, Steven
Cohen, Michael*
Cuellar, Anthony
Cuellar, Michael
Greco, Joseph
Jandik, Joseph*
Jandik, Richard*
Juarez, Carlos*
Kratz, Dustyn*
Ramirez, Christopher*
Raymond, Kevin
Russo, Jordan*
Sinceno, Ayden

Girls Indoor Track


Blais, Nicole*
Brooks, Kristen
DeFrank, Alison*
Fleischman, Sydneigh*
Goetz, Jessalyn*
Kleinberger, Sarah*
Manzi, Ysabel
Nolan, Gabriela*
Raynor, Jordan*
Riley, Alexandra*
Roth, Brianna*
Roth, Brooke*
Schiff, Dara*
Smith, Sierra*
Zilles, Leanna*

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LPA presents Beauty and the Beast March 24-25

OK, so maybe Liberty Performing Arts’ production of “Beauty and the Beast” can’t compete with the box office returns of the live-action Disney movie now playing in theaters (and breaking sales records) nationwide. But what Liberty’s version lacks in Hollywood glitz, glamor and high-grossing receipts, it more than makes up for with real, live, authentic performances by students whose faces you already know by heart.

Come be our guests as LPA presents the classic French fairy tale as this year’s spring musical, first at 7 p.m. Friday, March 24, and then again in a family-friendly matinee at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in Panebaker Auditorium. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens.

Watch more than 60 of Liberty’s own bright stars from the middle and high school tell a tale as old as time, as Belle (Olivia Racette) and the Beast (Cascio Fonseca) learn how true love transcends appearances.

(Warning: The show’s special effects include the use of strobe lights.)


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Student Services to conduct CSE meetings

For the remainder of this school year, the Liberty Central School District’s Student Services Department will be coordinating and conducting our Committee on Special Education (CSE) Annual Review meetings. As you may know, CSE Annual Review meetings are essential to our students’ educational plans towards success. We are requesting that all parents or guardians attend the meetings. To show support for our families, the department will be providing refreshments during each meeting.

In addition to discussing our students’ educational plans for next year, we will also be conducting a parent survey mandated by the New York State Department of Education. The Indicator 8 parent survey is designed to measure the “percent of parents with a child receiving special education services who report that schools facilitated parent involvement as a means of improving services and results for children with disabilities” (NYSED, 2016). There will be time allotted during the meeting so every parent or guardian will be able to complete the survey.

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POPS Prism concert set

In conjunction with the nation wide recognition designating the
month of March as “Music in Our Schools Month,” The Liberty
Central School High School Music Department will present their
Annual POPS Prism Concert on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at 7 p.m. in
the David E. Panebaker Auditorium (snow date is March 9.)

The concert will feature all of our high school performing
ensembles, soloists, and small ensembles performing an array of
popular tunes past to present.

This unique prism concert format allows for a continuous cycle of
music as each song flows into the next without applause and
minimum interruption. For this reason, audience members should
plan on being in their seats by 7 p.m. Entry into the auditorium
after the start of the concert cannot be guaranteed. The students
are under the direction of Tim Hamblin, Dan McConnell and Sarah

The concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be
appreciated to help support our music scholarships.

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

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