Thanks to the Eastern Star for school tool donation!

Members from the Starlight Chapter 74, Order of the Eastern Star donated a dolly full of “school tools” to the Liberty Elementary School.

Every year, members from the Order of the Eastern Star purchase school supplies such as notebooks, folders, pens, pencils and cold weather accessories as a donation for students.

This year, the students and staff received an extra gift: backpacks from Sa’afi Shabazz of S&S Home Commercial Services.


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Security presence increased Friday, Sept. 28

As you may or may not be aware, the Ellenville Central School District is closed today, Friday, Sept. 28 due to “police activity.”

Our School Resource Officers are aware of the situation and, even though there is no direct threat against our district, they have increased their presence at our schools.

Recess will be held indoors today due to the rainy forecast.

As a reminder, all of the district’s exterior doors and windows are always closed and locked; visitors are only granted access inside the building if they have identification and a connection to the district, its staff or students.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated should anything arise.

Update on music classrooms and instrument cleaning

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know the LMS music rooms have been closed since the beginning of the month due to a mold problem.  The district has been addressing the situation and the band and choral room are up and running.  We are expecting the orchestra room to open within the next few days.  Please refer to the information sent out by Andy Cameron, MS Principal for more specific information.  The purpose of this letter is share with you the cleaning process for the instruments.

All of our instruments will be professionally cleaned.  An ultra-sonic cleaning process is used to kill any mold spores.  Woodwind and string instruments are very sensitive to mold and it often damages the instrument to the point where cleaning it will not work.  If we have instruments that cannot be cleaned successfully we will work with the district and our insurance company to get them replaced.

I share your concern that most of our students have been without an instrument since June.  We know that progress really only comes from practice.  We are working expeditiously to move this process along.  We have an extensive inventory and the cleaning process will take time.  Unfortunately, there will be some students who will not have instruments until November.

We remain optimistic that our winter concert season will go on as scheduled.  However, we are also being realistic that we may need to modify or change it.  As we get closer to December I will make a recommendation to administration and you will be notified of any changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.



Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music

BOE will visit schools Sept. 28, Oct. 19 and Oct. 29

Liberty Board of Education members will be meeting for the purpose of a school building walk through to each of the buildings on the following dates at approximately 10 a.m.

Friday, Sept. 28: Liberty High School
Friday, Oct. 19: Liberty Elementary School
Monday, Oct. 29: Liberty Middle School

At each meeting there will be no regular business items or action items presented for board approval.

A look inside the LES MakerSpace

Powerful things are happening when Mrs. Treible and Mrs. Terry’s students can conceptualize something, build it, and then write about it, explaining what it is that they have made, and how it relates to their lessons.

Liberty Elementary second-graders Ayelene and Bristol worked together Thursday afternoon, determined to build the sturdiest house.

Using cardboard, scissors, tape and a ruler, they carefully determined where to place each cardboard piece to get it to a certain height. They strategized along the way.

“We can’t cut [the cardboard] yet because we have to plan before we build,” Ayeline said.  “We’re Makers here. That means we figure out how to build things using what used to be junk.”

Ayelene and Bristol were just two of the 40 some second-graders who participated in their first “make-and-take” project using materials from one of the two school’s new MakerSpace labs.

Bristol said she likes the new MakerSpace because “….it feels like recess, but better.”

Press play on the video below to see highlights from Ayelene and Bristol’s MakerSpace class on Thursday, Sept. 27.

Deadline for relief donations is Oct. 2

The Liberty Interact Club would like your help in collecting supplies for the victims of Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina.

They are collecting the following items: first aid supplies, toiletries, school supplies, baby supplies, flash lights, duct tape, canned goods and non-perishable food items.

Feel free to leave the items in the box located in the high school main office on or before Oct. 2.

LHS internship program creates life ready citizens

Internship – it’s often a word associated with grunt work for recent college graduates, but in Liberty Central School District, it’s just another example of how students grow to become “life-ready” citizens. While many people may envision internship duties as fetching coffee and filing papers, students in the high school’s new Career Exploration Internship Program (CEIP) with Mr. Dan Hart can develop meaningful job skills that align with their career goals.

Spots are still available for the CEIP, a half-year, half-credit or full-year full credit non-paid internship open to all juniors and seniors. CEIP is designed to provide a link between school and possible careers; the program gives students a job-shadowing experience in a variety of careers so that they can become aware of what it is really like to work in those careers.

Students interested in interning go through a process mimicking a job hunt in the “real world.” They must fill out an application, prepare a cover letter and interview for the position. Not every student who interviews is offered an internship and students must maintain GPA and conduct standards to be eligible.

“It’s similar to what many used to call work release or School-to-Work,” Mr. Hart said. “It’s been modified it so it’s a two-part course. It has a classroom portion with me  that gives our juniors and seniors an opportunity to learn work skills, plan and prepare for the future, all while following a professional in their chosen area, seeing what the requirements are for that profession.” Mr. Hart is a business teacher at Liberty High School. He is also the advisor of the school’s Future Business Leaders of America club and acts as the schools Work Based Learning Coordinator through CEIP.

Mr. Hart explained that students who wish to take work-based learning will start by taking skill assessments and interest surveys to see where they may want to pursue a career. Then, under his guidance, they’ll reach out to someone in the community in that field in order to job shadow as part of an unpaid internship.  If during their job shadowing experience they discover that they are no longer interested in the career that they are shadowing, we can find a new placement in a different career of interest to the student.  It is really a nice opportunity that I am able to provide for my students, most times a student might be hundreds or even thousands of dollars into a college degree and decide to change majors and the course work may not transfer over to their new college major.

“They would continue to meet at the high school for their seminar class which would cover lessons on the “soft skills” that employers typically look for: teamwork, adaptability and communication, to name a few.

Mr. Hart also noted that CEIP is great for way for juniors and seniors to dip their toe into the waters of a potential career.

“Not every student knows for certain what they want to do upon graduating – and that’s okay,” he said.

Students should visit Mr. Hart in his classroom (room 313) or e-mail CEIP applications are also available in the Liberty High School guidance office.


More about CEIP: CEIP was developed cooperatively between the New York State Departments of Education and Labor and fulfills a maximum of one credit toward a Regents or a Local diploma. It can also satisfy the fourth or fifth credit in a Career & Technical education sequence. The following are examples of internships that CEIP students may explore:

  • Accounting
  • Auto Mechanics
  • Computer Networking
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts
  • Education
  • Journalism

Through the program, students will gain an understanding of the importance of a positive work ethic, timeliness and good study habits. In addition, they will have an opportunity to improve their teamwork and human relation skills. While interning, students may experience several different work stations with several mentors. Relationships will be developed between the mentor and the student that will possibly result in recommendation for employment, future careers, and/or college.

Individual student interests will be accommodated as much as possible. Internships may occur outside the school day. Students will need to provide their own transportation. Students must intern 54 hours during the semester and attend a class once a week with Mr. Hart and the other CEIP students for a half credit, 108 hours during the year for a full credit.

LHS Spirit Week starts Oct. 1

The week of Oct. 1 is Spirit Week at Liberty High School. The list below shows the events scheduled. The list will be updated when more events are scheduled.

Students must dress appropriately for school of all Spirit Week dress events. Please check the latest game schedules and updates on the OCIAA website. A copy of the rules for the Homecoming Court and Homecoming Dance are available in the high school main office.


Red & White Liberty Pride Day

Students and staff gather outside LHS to show their Liberty Pride by wearing red and white.







LHS Pep Rally – 2 p.m. – LHS Gymnasium


Mismatched Day


Throwback Decade of Your Choice Day

Boys Varsity Soccer Homecoming Game – 4 p.m. – Football Field


Hat Day

Girls Varsity Soccer Homecoming and Senior  Game – 4 p.m. – Football Field


Conference Day (No school for students)

Girls Varsity Tennis Homecoming and Senior Match – 4 p.m. – Tennis Courts

Girls Varsity Volleyball Homecoming Match – 4:30 p.m. – LHS Gymnasium


Homecoming and Senior Football Game – 3 p.m. – Football Field

LHS Homecoming Dance – 7 – 11 p.m. – LHS Cafeteria
$6 in advance  (Starting Oct 1 during lunch periods)
$8 at the door



Learn more about PRASAD Dental Program

The mission of PRASAD CDHP is to improve the quality of life of children by providing oral care services and dental health education. The program is a certified, New York State Department of Health Article 28 Clinic and School Based Health Center, approved to operate at New York State schools.

The PRASAD vehicle, with two fully equipped dental offices, allows them to provide dental exams and an array of dental treatments including sealants, cleanings, fluoride, fillings, extractions, space maintainers and x-rays.

Children ages six months through 18 years of age. PRASAD CDHP accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid, Delta Dental, Fidelis and MVP, and a sliding fee is offered for uninsured children. An appointment is required.

For more information or to make an appointment please call 845-434-0376 x216. The school will send application forms home with all children before the clinic’s visit. A parent or legal guardian must sign and return the medical history form and consent for treatment before the child can be seen in the clinic.

The dental clinic visits Sullivan County schools on a rotating basis. It is also possible to arrange an appointment when the clinic is not at your local school site or during school holidays or the summer, when the clinic is open at our new office at 100 Sullivan Avenue in Ferndale.

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