Art connects students across continents


Mrs. Tracie Euker’s fourth grade art classes have recently embarked in an international post card exchange with fourth grade students from El Gimnasio Femenino, a school complex in Bogotá, Columbia.

Earlier this year, Mrs. Tracie Euker connected with El Gimnasio Femenino art teacher Patricia G. Didier through the internet. Together they designed an international post card exchange project to allow their students to experience the universal culture of art.

“We wanted our students learn about the similarities between us, despite our cultural differences,” said Mrs. Euker. “The exchange also assists the Columbian students with their English skills and teaches our students about the Columbian culture and language.”

What’s more, said Mrs. Euker, is that all of the students are experiencing the good, old fashioned thrill of giving and receiving tangible mail a practice that is sadly almost extinct in today’s digital age.

Through the exchange, American and Colombian students designed their art cards with symbolism popular to their culture and on the back wrote about themselves, their families, and hobbies and in some cases hopes and dreams.

Students say they have learned many things about their Columbian friends such as their favorite food, hobbies and cultural traditions.

Mrs. Euker and Mrs. Didier hope the students learn valuable life lessons from the exchange and continue to keep in touch wither their new international pen pals through the universal language of art.

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District mourns the loss of elementary school student

The Liberty Central School District community was deeply saddened to learn of the unexpected death of a Liberty Elementary School student on Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017.

Our school has a crisis intervention team made up of professionals trained to help with the needs of students, parents, and school personnel at difficult times such as this.

Today, a support team of school psychologists, counselors and social workers worked with our staff members to provide counseling and support to students.  Additional support will be available the rest of the week and will continue after the winter break. Letters have been sent home to families from each school building.

Each school building has counselors available for students or staff who may need or want help or any type of assistance surrounding this loss. We encourage parents to also feel free to use our resources.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to the main office of your child’s school building.

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Football team garners honors (updated)

First year Varsity Football Head Coach John Stephens was named Co-Coach of the year by the Sullivan County Democrat. Stephens took over from John Wilhelm who had built a successful program during his tenure. Wilhelm coached the modified team this year, a move that benefited the program by putting an experienced coach with the least experienced players. Stephens moved up from defensive coordinator to head coach and had his team off to an early 2-0 record. The team suffered a few setbacks but came back to earn a spot in the Section 9 Class B playoff. Liberty had to go to Highland Falls to play the O’Neill Raiders, a team that had soundly defeated them during the regular season. This time the Indians prevailed 57-31 which earned them a matchup with top-seeded Marlboro. Despite Liberty’s best efforts they lost to Marlboro to end their season.

The Democrat also announced their All-Star team and players of the year. Roy Penn-Cosentino was named co-player of the year. This was the second year in a row that Roy earned this honor. At running back Roy amassed 191 total yards which was second in New York State. His 9 yards per carry, however, placed him first in the state! He averaged 199 yards per game and gained more than 100 yards in 7 out of 9 games. Roy also scored 23 touchdowns scoring 144 points. As a receiver Roy posted 153 yards on 7 attempts scoring one touchdown. For his carer Roy gained 3935 yards and scored 58 touchdowns for a total of 436 points.

The Democrat also named their Offensive and Defensive teams. The following Liberty athletes were included:

Roy Penn-Cosentino (RB)
Kymanni Dennis (RB)
Ayden Sinceno (OL)
Jeremiah Olmo (K)

Alex Wilson (LB)
Jon Wilson (LB)
Manny Miranda (DB)

The Section 9 Football Coaches Association also released their All League and All Section team for each class. Liberty had the following athletes named to these teams in Class B.

All League
Roy Penn-Cosentino, Sr., RB/QB/OLB
Jon Wilson, Sr., HB/LB
Alex Wilson, Jr., OL/DL
Kymanni Dennis, Soph., RB/S

All Section
Roy Penn-Cosentino, Sr., RB/QB/OLB
Alex Wilson, Jr., OL/DL

Nominations sought for the Wall of Fame for 2018

The Liberty Central School District is currently accepting nominations for its Wall of Fame, which the district established to honor outstanding Liberty alumni who have made a lasting contribution to the district. Nominees will be judged on exceptional accomplishments or significant contributions within their school, community or personal life.

Inductee(s) will have a plaque displayed on the Wall of Fame, located in the David E. Panebaker Auditorium lobby at Liberty High School. The district will recognize the honorees during a special ceremony and breakfast reception prior to graduation in June.

The district will accept nominations until 3 p.m. Jan. 26, 2018.

Do you know someone who deserves to be honored on the Liberty Wall of Fame? Nominate them!

Nomination forms are available on our website,, and at the District Office, 115 Buckley St., Liberty.

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Dara Smith recognized for commitment to health, wellness

Liberty Central School District’s Food Service Director Dara Smith was formally recognized for its commitment to health and wellness in Sullivan County at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County’s Annual Meeting on Dec. 5.

We know that good nutrition, exercise, and general health and wellness play a critical role in students’ ability to come to school ready to learn. Ms. Smith and the rest of our food services staff are shining examples of this commitment to student heath. She’s helped bring us new kitchen equipment, free breakfast and lunch, salad bars and grants. And she’s only getting started! There’s much more in store in terms of health and wellness at Liberty. Her wellness policy will contribute to more alert and involved students, a school culture of health and activity, and students ready and eager to learn

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LMS students need an adult chaperone at sporting events

As a reminder, middle school students are NOT allowed at any of the sporting events without an adult chaperone.  If you do not have an adult to chaperone you, do not come to the game and do not stay in the building.

This information has been announced through the school’s morning announcements since start of the school year.

Thank you for understanding.

Teens can text hotline anonymously with problems

Teens now have a confidential hotline they can text to if they find themselves in a crisis.  That number is 1-845-391-1000.

The Orange County Youth Bureau and United Way have sponsored  this “Text 4 Teens,” hotline which is available Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 5 p.m. to midnight.  If they call at other times, they will be directed to the 24 hour hotline, 1-800-832-1200.  Kids who are experiencing problems in school, at home, or just need someone to talk to are invited to call if the need arises.

Please let the teens in your life know about this.

Liberty voters approve facilities referendum

Liberty Central School District residents approved Tuesday, Dec. 5, a $560,000 capital project referendum that will repair and restore the baseball and soccer fields located within the athletic fields behind Liberty High School and carries no property tax increase.

Polls were open from noon to 9 p.m.

The proposal passed in a 111 to 28 vote.

The next steps in the process include a planning period and a State Education Department review.

Following state approval, renovation is expected to begin in spring 2018 and be complete by fall 2018 the work as soon as the warmer weather arrives.

“We are so grateful for our residents who came out to vote,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano said. “These renovations will greatly improve our facilities and provide our students and community members with safe playing fields for years to come.”

The scope of the project includes the following components:

·         Replace and install four sets of exterior doors at the high school

·         Replace the two failed existing drain lines at the field

·         Core, aerate and top dress the existing fields; and

·         Add perimeter drainage around the baseball, soccer and softball fields.
Updates regarding the project will be posted to the district’s website,

Introducing Bee Badges

Beginning Dec. 4,  Liberty Elementary School is starting a new Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports  (PBIS) initiative. Students who exceed at following the four PBIS district-wide expectations will earn a Bee Badge:

  • Be Responsible
  • Be Respectful;
  • Be There, Be Ready; and
  • Follow Directions.

The Bee Badge is a sticker that lists the four expectations. The sticker serves as a signal to faculty and staff to ask the student how he or she earned the sticker. This will give the student the opportunity to brag about the good behavior that was observed.  At the end of the day, a student with a Bee Badge will be given an index card to stick their sticker to and bring home.

Parents, please look for these badges and be sure to ask your child how he or she earned it, and please put the badge somewhere (such as the  refrigerator or a bulletin board) so that your child can see it, remember the good behavior, and try again to earn a Bee Badge.The teachers and staff will be reporting how many Bee Badges they have given out.  When we get to the level of 700 stickers having been earned, we will have a school-wide celebration. Please encourage your child to earn a Bee Badge.  We hope that every student at Liberty Elementary School earns a Bee Badge!

Board approves facilities referendum; vote on Dec. 5

Playing on the Liberty High School’s athletic fields can be a bit of adventure.

Student-athletes sometimes slog through the wet outfield due to a lack of drainage. A kick to a soccer ball is usually accompanied by a splatter of mud.  

Come Dec. 5, that all has the potential to change.

During the public session at the Oct. 17 meeting, the Liberty Board of Education approved a $560,000 capital project referendum that will repair and restore the baseball and soccer fields located within the athletic fields behind Liberty High School.

Every quality program deserves quality facilities. The benefits of this project are many; the foremost is the safety of our players. The sport fields as they are now is not conducive to safe play.

The scope of the project includes the following components; the total referendum will be $560,000.

  • Replace and install four sets of exterior doors at the high school
  • Replace the two failed existing drain lines at the field
  • Core, aerate and top dress the existing fields; and
  • Add perimeter drainage around the baseball, soccer and softball fields.

“The cost of the project will be funded fully from Capital Reserve funds which are to be used for this type of work. There will be no increase in taxes to local property owners and we will receive approximately 82 percent in building aid back from New York State Education Department,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano said.

On Dec. 5, residents will decide whether to authorize the $560,000 building referendum to address the drainage issues at the fields.

The district’s hope is to have project approval by the State Education Department by the end of this winter (following the vote) and begin the work as soon as the warmer weather arrives.  We’d love to have the new fields ready for play by the fall of 2018, but that is dependent on the weather.

More information will be posted to our website,, as it becomes available. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Interim Superintendent of Schools Carol Napolitano at (845) 292-6990.

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