Dead mouse found in LHS cafeteria 

At approximately 10:45 a.m., district officials received word that students and lunch monitors were taking photos of a dead mouse on the floor of the high school cafeteria to post on social media.

Later this afternoon, it came to our attention that the mouse had been there since the start of the school day, but was not disposed of until a member of the food services staff called a custodian to request assistance.

We apologize for the disturbance and the delay, but would like to use this as an opportunity to remind staff and students that if you see a mess that needs to be cleaned up, please contact a teacher or custodian immediately.

No additional mice have been found in the cafeteria or near the school’s food storage.

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Students trick-or-treat for UNICEF  

Students from Mrs. Benjamin, Cinque, Hand, Houghtaling, Kline and Schwalb’s third grade classes collected just over $601 for UNICEF through its trick-or-treating program.



UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund and was created in 1946 to help children in war-torn areas.



Proceeds from this year’s drive will go to areas devastated by recent disasters to help children there.

The trick-or-treating program began in 1950, according to, and has raised more than $175 million.

UNICEF provided a packet with teaching materials and the orange boxes and students spent the entire month of October collecting donations.


Mark your calendars for winter concert series

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

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Middle School Grade 5/6 Winter Concert (snow date is Dec. 7)

Monday, Dec. 11: Middle School Grade 7/8 Winter Concert (snow date is Dec. 14)

Wednesday, Dec. 13: High School Honor Ensembles Winter Concert and Tri-M Induction Ceremony (snow date is Dec. 14)

Monday, Dec. 18: High School Winter Concert featuring the Symphonic Band, Orchestra, Mixed Chorus and Jazz Ensemble (snow date is Dec. 19)

All performances are free and open to the public.

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music for further information. He can be reached at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or

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No substances found during locker search at LHS

The Liberty Central School District has announced that a police K9 search that took place on Nov. 17 at Liberty High School resulted in no illegal substances or explosives being found.

The district is working in partnership with the Village of Liberty Police Department, Fallsburg Police Department and the New York State Police to conduct free walk-throughs in order to ensure that our schools maintain a safe learning environment.

Canine units are brought to Liberty schools by state police as a proactive measure, not in response to any perceived increase in disruptive or dangerous behavior.

The district has conducted canine walk-throughs in the past. This most recent walk-through took place at 9:07 a.m., when the administrative staff of the Liberty Middle and High School ordered a hold in place for students and staff while canines and their handlers conducted a free air search of all academic lockers in the high school. The dogs are specifically trained to alert during a free air search on the scent of illegal drugs or explosives.

The canine teams do not search students during the walk-through. The students remained in class during the search, which lasted less than 30 minutes.


(Update – Nov. 17, 12:45 p.m.)

The district received a question about whether or not searches like these abuse a students Fourth Amendment right. We thought it was an excellent question, and wanted to share the answer with the entire community.

Students in U.S. public schools have the Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches; however, this right is diminished in a school environment because of the need to maintain a safe atmosphere where learning and teaching occurs.

Schools must strike a balance between a students’ right to privacy and the need to maintain school safety.

To that end, it’s important to note that this was an “open air sniff,” meaning that the canine would alert an officer to the presence of drugs or explosives.  A search without probable cause would violate the Fourth Amendment.

The next board meeting will be Nov. 28

The next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. The board anticipates to enter into executive session immediately and the regular meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Prior to the meeting, the Board will meet at 6 p.m.for a Phase II Building Project walk through.

The meeting agenda will be available on Monday, Nov. 27 via BoardDocs.
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Penn-Cosentino to play in Senior Game

Senior running back Roy Penn-Cosentino has been selected to play on the National team in the Exceptional Seniors football game. The game will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at Newburgh Free Academy. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for students and free for children age 12 and under. Roy led the Indians in rushing this year and will most likely receive other post-season honors.

Mercado completes career at state meet

On Saturday, November 11, Senior Daniela Mercado competed in the New York State Public High School Cross Country Championships held a Wayne High School near Rochester. Despite the snow and the cold and the mud, Daniela ran a good race. She had the second best time of all Sullivan Country girls. Daniela was also the third best Section 9 girl in class C beating girls who had placed ahead of her at the Section 9 meet a week before. Coach Bressler said, “It was a great end to Daniela’s cross country career and I could not be prouder of her accomplishments. She did not let the conditions affect her running which is amazing. This year she was focused on her goal and she accomplished what she set out to do.”

Runner Daniela Mercado was happy with her race at the State Cross Country Meet
Daniela was happy with her performance.
Senior Daniela Mercado ran at the NYS XC championship in November 2017
The course WAS a little muddy!

A heroes’ welcome at LES

Students at Liberty Elementary School always look forward to Veterans Day because it gives them a chance to say thank you to the veterans in our area.

“We learn about what was like in the military and spend the month doing things to show that we appreciate them, fourth-grade student Dylan said.

The school hosted its annual Veterans Day assembly on Wednesday, Nov. 8.

This was the second time the event has been held, after the inaugural ceremony in 2016 went over well. Eleven more local veterans participated in this year’s ceremony, exceeding the students’ expectations. (Last month, the students sent out a call for all veterans to attend.)

Liberty Elementary School Principal Jacqueline Harris says the students enjoy spending the day with veterans, many dressed in uniform, representing the different branches of the military.

“The student get awfully excited and take [this assembly] very seriously. They go to great lengths to prepare and demonstrate their utmost respect,” she said. “It’s a great time for us to be able to honor our veterans, everything they have done for our country and they continue to do for us,” she said.

Fourth-grade students holding flags greeted each veteran as they entered the gymnasium.

The ceremony included the a flag folding demonstration, students singing patriotic songs and each veteran being introduced by name and military title and concluded with handmade gifts and a six boxes of toiletries, puzzles, games and other necessities for the Veterans Hospital at Castle Point.

After a final wave, the crowd broke into applause, whistles, and shouts of support, and our students and staff sent the veterans off with handshakes and words of gratitude.

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Students participate in anti-bullying poster contest

The Village of Liberty Police Department and Liberty Police Benevolent Association recently honored the winners of the Liberty Elementary School’s building wide anti-bullying poster contest.

Congratulations to Patrick Atkins, Modest Vargas, Annamay Lopez, Jayden Mathurin, Maliea Agapito and Madilynn Maldonado.

While efforts to prevent bullying and promote kindness and inclusion, the poster contest is an annual happening that students look forward to. Posters are judged based on creativity, neatness and originality.

The winners received a sling bag filled with gifts, a certificate and will have their posters hung on display at the main entrance of the school.

Back row, left to right: Jacqueline Harris, Liberty Elementary School Principal, Robert England. Assistant Principal, Devin Brust, School Resource/Village of Liberty Police Officer
Front row, left to right: Modest Vargas, AnnaMay Lopez, Maliea Agapito, Jayden Mathurin

Students pose with their winning anti-bullying posters
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Seniors selling holiday wreaths

The Senior Class at Liberty High School is selling holiday wreaths to raise money for their Senior Class Trip. The wreaths are fresh-cut balsam fir sized to fit a standard door.

The price of the wreaths is $15 each. Please make all checks out to LHS CLASS of 2018. All order are due by November 21.

Wreaths will be delivered during the first week of December.

For more information contact Audra Santillo by phone at 292-5400 ex. 2005 or by e-mail at 

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