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.


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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Soccer players participate in Seniors game

On Sunday, November 5, 2017 four Liberty Seniors participated in the Exceptional Senior Game held at Newburgh Free Academy. Gabriela Nolan and Olivia Racette played for the West girls team at 10 a.m. Eric Fuentes and Kelgin Cheh played for the West boys team at noon. Christopher Ramirez, a senior member of the Varsity boys team, was presented with a scholarship for his exceptional service to the community during the halftime of the boys game.


Mercado qualifies for state XC meet

On Friday, November 3, the Liberty Indians cross country team traveled to Bear Mountain to compete in the Section IX Class C sectionals. This meet also serves to qualify athletes to compete in the state meet. The top team and the next five runners from other schools advance to the state championship.

In the boys race, Senior Jordan Russo led the way for the Indians. Jordan was followed by Sophomore Nicholas Connal who ran his best race of the year. Sophomore Miguel Campos-Castro was only a few seconds behind. Rounding out the scoring for Liberty were Sophomores Gavn Werring and Francisco Miguel.

In the girls race Senior Daniela Mercado was down to her last chance to qualify for the state meet. Daniela responded with the best race of her career placing fifth overall and securing a spot in the state meet. She was the only OCL runner and the only Sullivan County runner to qualify in this race. Daniela ran down her final opponent in the last 400 meters. The state meet is Saturday, November 11 at Wayne Central Schools east of Rochester. Liberty Pride.

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