Letter from AD Mark Mongiardo

Dear Liberty Central School District Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:


I would like to take this opportunity to officially say I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Athletic Director!

I believe that High School Athletics, when properly taught, instructed and coached is a character building experience for all involved. Character, commitment, integrity and work ethic are some of the many traits that should be exhibited by our coaches, teachers, student-athletes and community members. Our Athletic Program has the privilege and opportunity to guide our student-athletes to learn lifelong lessons that will help them succeed after High School. Just as our physical education classes concentrate on the total mental, emotional and physical development of our students, our Athletic Program will do the same.

On behalf of the Liberty Athletic Department, I welcome all students to participate in our interscholastic athletics programs. Athletics are an excellent way to grow mentally, emotionally and physically as an individual. As a graduate of Shenendehowa High School (Clifton Park, NY), I know that athletics played a major role in helping prepare me for college and the adult world. Because of athletics, the lessons of my coaches and teachers, I developed skills in time management, problem solving, delegation, motivation, and team building. Liberty Athletics participates in the NYSPHSAA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association). All rules and regulations handed down by these governing bodies will be adhered to at all times.

As a member of the Liberty athletic family, our expectations for you are similar to your own family’s expectations. Act responsibly as you represent our school district. Remember that you are an ambassador for everyone who attends our school. How you act and react to situations reflects not only on you, but also on your parents and peers. As a student-athlete, you have academic and athletic responsibilities. Study, go to class, practice hard, and do your best to excel. Take pride in the opportunity to represent all of us in a first class manner. The Liberty Athletic Department’s philosophy is that the student-athlete’s pursuits on the field should be equally measured with those off the field. To that end, a Liberty student-athlete should pursue personal growth through academic work, team experiences, and as an ambassador of our district. You should maintain a sense of ethical responsibility. The department strives to maintain an outstanding athletics program, conducted in a manner that sets an example for good sportsmanship. Our primary concern is the education of the student-athlete.

We expect all who choose to participate in our sports programs to be responsible student-athletes. We hope you will take full advantage of this opportunity to get a top-notch high school education while participating in our athletic programs. Please remember that the coaches, teachers and administrators are here for you. Our goal is to help you succeed in life. Once you have graduated, we hope you will remain involved with the district as a member of the alumni association.

I am very much looking forward to meeting you all!

Go Indians!

Mark Mongiardo
Director of Athletics
Liberty Central School District

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Mr. Mark Mongiardo appointed new AD

The Board of Education appointed Mr. Mark Mongiardo to the position of Physical Education teacher and athletic director at a special board of education meeting on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Mr. Mongiardo. He will begin his duties as athletic director on Thursday, July 26 and will be in the District most days.

Mr. Mongiardo taught Physical Education in New Jersey for thirteen years. He also taught the Learning Enrichment Activities Program (LEAP) Intramurals for fifth grade students from 2007-2018.

Mr. Mongiardo earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland (’04) and a Master of Exercise Science, Coaching and Sport Administration degree from Montclair State University in 2010.

Mr. Mongiardo is a graduate of Shenendehowa High School.  He has extensive experience as a player a coach. He walked onto the SUNY Cortland baseball team as a catcher. He has served as the Varsity Baseball Coach at New Milford High School (NJ) since 2010. In 2018, his last year at New Milford, his team won the first League Title in ten years. Mr. Mongiardo was awarded Coach of the Year for his efforts. He also served as the Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach at New Milford. Mr. Mongiardo was the Head Coach for the North Jersey Eagles of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, one of eight NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball leagues in the United States. The league is funded by Major League Baseball. The team is based in Upper Saddle River, NJ at Professional Baseball Instruction (PBI)  and won back- to-back ACBL Championships in 2012 and 2013.

Mr. Mongiardo enjoys spending time with his wife Gina, daughter Giavanna and son Marco.



Letter from Varsity football coach Joe Franke

Dear Liberty Football Family:

Hello, my name is Joseph Franke and I am a fifth grade teacher at Liberty Middle School. I enjoyed playing football, basketball and baseball at Liberty Central School District before playing four years of collegiate baseball at SUNY Oneonta. I am humbled and excited to be appointed to lead this successful program, as the Varsity Football Head Coach for the 2018 season! With Liberty Pride in mind, I would like to give a few key pieces of information:

Summer workouts are optional, but highly recommended for players going into grades 9-12 only. Our weekly schedule for summer workouts is:

Monday- 5:30-7 p.m. (Weight room and on-field work)
Tuesday – 9-10 a.m. (Weight room)
Wednesday- 9-10 a.m.(Weight room)
Thursday-No Practice
Friday-5:30-7 p.m. (Weight room and on-field work)

Mandatory practice for Junior Varsity and Varsity football starts on Monday, August 13. Mandatory practice from August 13 until school starts will be from 5-7:30 p.m.

Players should expect to practice one morning on the weekend .

Modified players (Grades 7 and 8) should be prepared for practice on the first day of school.

Every player needs a yellow card and physical signed by the nurse, who will be at the school 8-12 pm and 3-5 pm on August 13. Please prepare to come to school early to allow time for this process to occur.

Players should wear cleats to all practices .

Only players can download the SportsYou app and join the Liberty Football 2018 group using the code CDXGX3YP for updates about workouts and practices.

We would love to see as many players as possible during summer workouts and on the first day of practice. We encourage anyone interested and committed to join our family. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at jfranke@libertyk12.org.

Softball, baseball players named SC Democrat All-stars

Each year the Sullivan County Democrat names local softball and baseball players to their all-star teams. The players who are honored represent the best players in Sullivan County. This year the newspaper named seven Liberty Indians to their all-star teams; four for softball and three for baseball. Congratulations to the following players:


Olivia Racette
Christina Burns
Katy Decker
Allie Arpino


Kelgin Cheh
Manny Miranda
Jeremy Lieberman

LCSD will continue to serve free meals to students

The Liberty Central School District will continue to offer free breakfast and lunch to students through its participation with the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2018-2019 school year.

Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.

All students enrolled in the Liberty Central School District may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications, but by filling out this form, you will be able to help determine the district’s eligibility for additional state and federal grants.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.

For information about the district’s food service department and cafeteria menus, contact Food Services Director Dara Smith. For more information about the Community Eligibility Provision and how the district has qualified, please contact School Business Official Georgia Gonzalez.

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Welcome Letter from HS Principal Derek Adams

Dear Liberty High School Community:

I’m excited to now call Liberty High School my professional home and personal home! I look forward to further integrating myself into the greater Liberty area. As the principal,  I believe building relationships and communicating with parents, students, and community members is an integral part of a successful learning community. My goal is for all parents to be a partner in the process of educating their children.

I grew up in Livingston Manor, where my family has roots dating back before the turn of the twentieth century. After graduating from Livingston Manor Central Schools, I attended and graduated from Sullivan County Community College. I then moved on to SUNY Cortland where I completed my studies in Physical Education. Subsequently, I was fortunate to gain employment teaching at Sullivan County BOCES. While teaching, I also coached football, baseball, and weightlifting club at Liberty High School. Additionally while teaching, I pursued graduate work in Physical Education from Emporia State University and then a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Leadership from SUNY New Paltz. I then spent seven years at the Tri-Valley Secondary School as Director of Physical Education, Health and Athletics, and Assistant Principal. To broaden my leadership skills I spent the last two years as the Assistant Principal and Athletic Director at Wallkill Senior High School. My wife, Jamie, and I moved to the Liberty area in 2006. We have two daughters, Juliana, 9 and Alicia, 6.

I’m dedicated to a safe and student-centered learning environment where student learning and achievement is emphasized through a collaborative process with the entire learning community. My experiences thus far have afforded me the opportunity to work in collaboration with all stakeholder groups to strengthen bright spots, initiate change and sustain growth. I look forward to building and growing relationships with the entire Liberty community in order to meet the goals of the District.

I consider myself to be a technologically integrated person, both professionally and personally. I plan on being the lead communicator and will frequently use Twitter and Instagram to communicate updates, promote learning experiences, and showcase achievements. My new account username for both accounts is LibertyHS_NY.

I would like to invite you to the following meet and greet opportunities with me.

  • July 12 – from 8-10 a.m. in the High School Main Office
  • August 28 – from 6-7 p.m. in the High School Library Media Center

I’m very excited for the upcoming school year and I hope to meet with all of you soon. Please feel free to stop by or reach out and share the positive qualities of Liberty High School.

Best Regards,

Derek Adams

The garden club meets weekly at LES

School-age children and teenagers are invited to take part in the free gardening club at Liberty Elementary School. The club will meet every Wednesday from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., unless otherwise specified by the club’s advisor.

The clubs will be led by Liberty Elementary School teacher and garden educator Christy Green. This is a wonderful opportunity for hands-on fun in the garden and for learning about nature, nutrition, and what is needed to get a garden planted and producing delicious veggies and colorful flowers.

We hope that students use this opportunity to work up an appetite from 10:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and then take advantage of the free meals that are served daily at Liberty Elementary School from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

For more information about the garden club please contact CGreen@libertyk12.org.

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Welcome Letter from Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore

Dear Liberty Central School District Students, Staff, Parents and Community Members:

I would like to take this opportunity to officially say I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Superintendent of Schools.

My guiding principle as your Superintendent is based on the belief that every child can and will attain the education and skills necessary to achieve their dreams of a meaningful and bright future in today’s fast-paced world.

Our focus in the district remains constant. We believe all children can learn. We care about each and every student, and we aim to show it by providing our best efforts as teachers, administrators, mentors and advocates to our entire student population.

To that end, I would like to share a glimpse inside the three frameworks that the district will use as guidance in shaping Liberty to be the best school district it has ever been.

1. Professional Learning Communities

I firmly believe that successful educators achieve growth when they collaborate and learn from each other. What this means for Liberty, in short, is that from now on, our educators will meet regularly, share their successes and “lessons learned” and work collaboratively to improve teaching skills and the academic performance of students.

2. Behavioral Supports

The district has always held to the assertion every learner needs academic, social, emotional and behavioral support. Our district’s multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) will continue to grow this school year, and each building will work harder in addressing the needs of the whole child with more intention, intervention and customized support.

3.  Technology

Liberty will now look to the Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition (SAMR) Model developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura as a framework for planning meaningful digital learning experiences that are transformative. The SAMR Model helps teachers plan and reflect on the technology experiences they are offering students. The goal is to plan lessons that are transformative to learning rather than ones that just enhance the learning experience when possible.

I am excited about what is to come and I hope that you are too. Delivering excellence is still our top priority and I look forward to achieving that goal together.

Yours in education,

Dr. Tornatore

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Teachers put time into tinkering at MakerSpace Camp

Kids aren’t the only ones attending camp this summer. The grown-ups are going, too.

Educators from Liberty Central School District recently attended the MakerSpace Boot Camp at the Orange Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services in Goshen.

The camp was run by Shannon Mersand and Sheri McNair of the School Library Media Specialists of Southeastern New York (SLMSSENY.)

This three-day immersive conference allowed educators to learn about and explore 25 maker-style activities and hands on playgrounds that included such themes as robotics, coding, circuitry, engineering and fabrication.

The activities, applications and funding options learned from this boot camp will be applied toward the creation of the MakerSpace at the Liberty Elementary and Middle Schools.

More about MakerSpace and the SLMSSENY Boot Camp


Project-based learning is making waves in education.

Makerspaces change the ways schools use technology, engage in learning and teaching; the forms of learning that take place in school. However, without deliberate professional learning and planning, the glamour of new tech tools can overshadow the importance of instruction within MakerSpace. For that reason, district representatives attended the SLMSSENY MakerSpace Bootcamp for knowledge, insight and resources on the best way to develop a school’s MakerSpace.

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