Students compete in Ron Francisco Tournament

Students from Liberty High School celebrated good sportsmanship and Liberty legacy at the school’s annual ping pong and badminton tournament on Tuesday, Feb. 28.

The tournament, hosted by the high school’s athletic department, is an annual fundraiser for the Ron Francisco Scholarship that is given every year to the student who best embodies a true sense of sportsmanship.

“Ron Francisco was a Liberty physical education teacher who embodied the spirit of physical education,” physical education teacher Erin Alvord said. “He appreciated the well-rounded student who gave his or her best effort, demonstrated empathy as well as sportsmanship.”

The Ron Francisco Scholarship given to a student-athlete who demonstrates these qualities and served as captain of his/her team for at least one season. Athletic ability aside, this scholarship is given to someone who respects physical education and takes it seriously, explained Alvord.

Just like in prior years, the tournament was a great success. There were over 60 participants in total.

According to Mrs. Alvord, all of the students who participated demonstrated great behavior, sportsmanship and skill. “It was a great afternoon to be in the gymnasium,” she said.

The final ping pong game came down to Junior Vincent Henry and Senior Jeremy Lieberman. In the end, Jeremy Lieberman was named the ping pong champion.

The badminton championship game was an intense matchup between Seniors Carter Harman and Chris Bitjeman and Seniors Eric Fuentes and Elvis Fuentes.

Mrs. Alvord said the match was “…intense, full of skill and so much fun to watch.” The badminton game went into extra points and in the end Chris and Carter became the champions, 25-23.

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Michael Cohen named semi-finalist in FBLA competition

Michael Cohen has qualified as a semi-finalist for the Future Business Leader at the State Leadership Conference in Binghamton on April 11-13.  Michael was in the top ten statewide of all Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) members in an academic competition, qualifying him for the state competition.  Congratulations Michael, and good luck in Binghamton!

 

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Liberty “mathletes” shine at competition

Liberty middle school students placed third overall in a recent MathCounts competition in Montgomery, NY. The competition team, comprising of Carlos Torres, Alexus Parisella, Tanner Ferguson, and Dylan Nichols, are hoping to make it to the state competition next month.

MathCounts is a nationwide competitive mathematics program designed to expand students’ math horizons and encourage them to consider math-oriented careers such as engineering. Teachers and students in Liberty have been preparing for the competition since school began in the fall. The after-school meetings and competitions spark high-level mathematics achievement through a series of fun and engaging “bee” style contests.

The middle school’s MathCounts club meets once a week. In addition to the MathCounts material, students work on coding, prodigy competitions and dive into more challenging topics for fun. Although MathCounts competitions are only open to sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students, fifth-grade students are welcome to attend meetings and hone in on their skills.

In fact, according to the club advisor, Ms. Amanda Martin, the group mostly consists of fifth-grade students.

“We’re excited to see what the future holds,” she said.
For more information about MathCounts club meetings and competitions, contact Amanda Martin at AMartin@libertyk12.org.

Parent information regarding the LES Read-A-Thon

The Liberty Schools School PTA is very pleased to announce its annual Elementary School Read-A-Thon.

Designed to ignite a love of reading, this PTA fundraiser raises money without the need to recruit student salesmen and women or the need to split profits with another organization.

Will you please join us in asking friends and family members to sponsor your child as s/he pledges to read at least 10 minutes a day?

The PTA has made the Read-A-Thon easy and fun and is hoping that everyone will participate to make it a huge success for our school. The best part of the Read-A-Thon is that 100 percent of the money raised will stay at Liberty Elementary School and directly benefit its students by bringing the musical extravaganza Pete the Cat to Liberty Elementary for a special assembly.

Here’s how it works:
Elementary school parents will be given a packet that contains the Read-A-Thon rules, an overview of the prizes, a participation form, a sponsorship form, and a calendar to record minutes read each night. Your child can begin setting his/her reading goals and ask people to sponsor them right away. Sponsors can pledge to pay a certain amount per minute that your child reads or is read to. They can also pledge a flat amount to encourage your child to meet his/her reading goal. Remind your child that relatives, neighbors, family friends, coaches and even often-frequented businesses make GREAT sponsors! All donations are tax deductible. Your child can continue collecting sponsors throughout the Read-A-Thon.

Your child will track the minutes they read outside of school each day from March 5-16. Forms and any money collected are due back by March 23. Please initial your child’s recording calendar each day, as classrooms will be keeping track of their collective minutes. Individual prizes will be awarded for all who participate; there will be classroom prizes as well.

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All-County Music Festival will be March 2-3 in Monticello

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce the music students who have been selected to participate in the All-County Music Festival being held at Monticello Central School District on March 2-3 All-County is comprised of the top musicians in each district.

We would like to send our congratulations to the following Liberty participants:

Elementary Chorus – Kira Brown, Adrianna Dean, Joselin Flores, Lianna Gissentaner, Mia Gorr, Jordan Hewlett, Mary Grace Riley, Brianna Smith, Mykenzie Williams, Rachel Yaun, Rita Zheng

Middle School Band – Anthony Aubain, Joseph Cerrone, Tanner Ferguson, Madison Green, Vaun Green, Mya Huebsch, Charlyanna Johnson, David Philips, Alessia Lentini, Elaina Louise Ramirez, Summer Schmidt, Dayris Valladares, Sincere Warren, Aiden Yaun

Junior High Mixed Chorus – Aneliya Carrion, Allyson Freer, Victoria Hinkley, Seriya Jorge, Abigail Kelly, Storm Kuhlman,  Rebecca Philips, Hennessy Robello, Angelina Rodriguez, Johnnay Stubbs

Junior High Jazz Band- Tyler Black, Steven Cardenas, Brooke Nichols, Dylan Nichols, Filiberto Nieves, Boise Sellers, Derek Wheeler, Jackson Wolocott

Senior High Band- Christopher Bayer, Ean Blank, Christina Burns, Francisco M. Castaneda, Ian Cody, Kylie Flynn, Angelina Fontana, Gabriella Fontana, Michael Fritz, Eric Fuentes, Balvina Garcia, Zachary Haberzettl, Rebecca Mielnicki, Gabriela Nolan, Tanner Parks, Michael Perez, Monica Ponce, Kyle Porter, Christopher Ramirez, Luis Romero, Jordan Russo, Gabriella Schrader, Trinity Warren

Senior High Orchestra – Kylie Bachman, Nicole Blais, Breckin Cheh, Kelgin Cheh, Maleiah Drayton, Leah Fitzgerald, Kaelyn Gulley, Tatiana Hinkley, John Nolan, Jeet Patel, Elias Rabadi, Nya Reebe, Dara Schiff, Ted Torres

The students are under the direction of Eric Aweh, Dan McConnell, Emily McConnell and Sarah Weber.

Please note that if all county rehearsal is cancelled Friday the event will still take place on Saturday.  Students will be expected report by 7:45 a.m. If the performance is cancelled on Saturday, the make up day will be the Sunday.  Everything will proceed as scheduled on that day.
If there is any changes students and parents will be notified by their child’s respective music teacher.

 

Please contact Tim Hamblin, Director of Music for further information. He can be reached at 292-5400 ext. 2021 or thamblin@libertyk12.org

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Fourth grade geometry hits the streets

Parents visited Mrs. Terry and Eisenberg’s classrooms to help their children learn more about geometry and the ways in which it is all around us.

They used Google maps to search for and identify geometric figures in the Liberty area.

Then, using pretzel sticks and candy, they constructed geometric figures they had learned about in class.

Parents were very supportive and the teachers (and students!) were very thankful.

Click here to view a photo album from the student/parent geometry activity.

Phone lines currently down

As a result of a technical issue, the district’s incoming phone lines are currently down. Officials are aware of the situation and are working with the telephone company and hope to have service restored soon. This outage has not interfered with the district’s SchoolMessenger system.

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Gabby Nolan wins 55HH, track team scores

On Friday, February 16, the Liberty indoor track team traveled to Gillis Fieldhouse at West Point to compete in the Section 9 Class B Championships. Many athletes turned in personal bests for the season but Gabby Nolan had the best performances. Nolan won her semifinal heat in the 55HH and went on to demolish the competition in the finals. Gabby also placed third in the 300 dash. The boys 4×400 team of Jordan Russo, Miguel Campos, Aimar Ramirez and Owen Siegel finished fourth to score for their team. Alex Riley placed fifth in the 1500 race walk. Kylie Bachman was sixth in the 55HH. The girls 4×200 team of Ysabel Manzi, Chloe Ricco, Brooke Roth and Gabby Nolan placed sixth. The girls 4×400 team of Chloe Ricco, Brianna Roth, Kylie Bachman and Alex Riley also placed sixth.

Desmond Lambe from Roscoe and Hannah Shaver from Livingston Manor also compete with Liberty. Desmond won the long jump and was sixth in the high jump. Hannah placed third in long jump.

Penn-Consentino scores 1000th point

On Thursday, February 15, 2018, the boys Varsity basketball team traveled to Chester for a division game against the Hambletonians. Halfway through the first quarter Senior guard Roy Penn-Cosentino drove the lane and scored on a layup. The two-point basket allowed Roy to reach the 1000 point scoring level which is always an exciting moment for any high school basketball player. Roy has worked hard to reach this level. He went on to score 11 points in a losing effort.

Penn-Cosentino is the TENTH Liberty player to reach the 1000 point plateau and the NINTH boy. The list is as follows:

Maurice “Mo” Martin (’82) 1,786
Kaseem Sinceno (’94) 1,645
Milt Martin ( ’77) 1,167
Ray Bridges ( ’76) 1,145
Reggie Biddings (’76) 1,134
Rene Biddings (’87) 1,115
Timika Bruce (’98) 1,106
Earl Pugh (’87) 1,081
*Roy Penn-Cosentino (’18) 1,072
Joe Lewis (’72) 1021

(*still active)

 

Dental Health Night leaves students smiling

Photos from the Feb. 15 Dental Health Night are now online!

Click here to view a Dental Health Night photo album.

So many of our students know that it’s very important to brush our teeth, but through our Dental Health Night, we helped ensure they learn why it is important and that there’s more to taking care of our teeth than brushing them.

We feel that dental health shouldn’t just be a discussion at home; our students should have a continuous circle of support at both school and home. That’s the reason why we felt it was so important to have this event.
The evening was funded by the Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan Make a Difference Grant and the National PTA 2018 Take Your Family to School Week Grant. This event is being held in honor of National Children’s Dental Health Month and the Liberty Parent Teachers Association (PTA) is one of only 55 PTA’s in the country to receive special grant funding.

Program support includes the Boys & Girls Club, Catskill Regional Medical Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eat Smart New York Hudson Valley, Liberty Networking Group, Liberty PTA, PRASAD Children’s Dental Health Program, Sullivan County Public Health Services and Sullivan 180.
Thank for you coming! Please be on the lookout for the next part of our Healthy Series, Math and Movement Night, in early March.

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