Heather Cheh named Middle School principal

Meet our new Middle School Principal!

A principal seated at her desk
Heather Cheh, Liberty Middle School Principal.

Heather Cheh, who has served as assistant principal at Liberty High School, was appointed Middle School Principal by the Liberty Board of Education at its December meeting.

Ms. Cheh officially assumed the role of LMS principal on Dec. 11.

Staffing updates at the High School

The high school adminstrative team includes two assistant principals.

Ms. Tiffane Barrow will join the high school as assitant principal on Jan. 13, filling the vacancy left by Paul Brown. Ms. Barrow  has already begun the process of meeting students and staff.

Also, Robert Peters will serve as Interim High School Assistant Principal, filling Ms. Cheh’s position until a new assitant is hired.

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Parking at Liberty Elementary School

Visitors to Liberty Elementary School are asked to refrain from parking in the Ideal Supermarket parking lot.
The supermarket’s owners kindly ask that LES parents, guardians, and staff use the school’s parking lot.

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December LMS Student of the Month, Liberty Pride Citizenship Awards announced

We are Liberty Proud to announce the first-ever Liberty Middle School PBIS Student of the Month and Liberty Pride Citizenshipawards!

Student of the Month, December 2019

  • Grade 5: Allison Vasko
  • Grade 6: Cameryn Will
  • Grade 7: James Dworetsky
  • Grade 8: Julia Juron

Student of the Month Criteria

  • Academic: Grades (90% or higher in all classes), class participation, completing all work, self motivated, and going beyond basic expectations.  
  • Effort: Work hard and is persistent 
  •  Character: Displays initiative, honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, optimism 
  • Behavior: Referral free
  • Social Relationships: Leadership, willingness to help peers, show respect 
  • Attendance: Good daily attendance and no excessive tardies 

Liberty Pride Citizenship, December 2019

Grade 5: Tyleal Aubain
Grade 6: Isabella Wagner
Grade 7: Quinn Allen
Grade 8: Brittany Cardenas
Each month teachers are encouraged to nominate a students for the awards. Once nominations are received, the PBIS committee meets to select the students for each grade.

Liberty Pride Citizenship Awards Criteria

  • Contributes to the community or school through service or volunteering  
  •  Extra curricular activities 
  • Outstanding achievements
  •  Good character 
  •  Hard work 
  • Honesty
  • Take pride in their actions
  •  Positive treatment of others 
  •  Respect
  •  Make the community and school a better place
  •  Leader and role model 
  •  Positive atitude 
  •  Acceptance and tolerance of the differences in others


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High School Orchestra performs for senior citizens

the high school orchestra performsBravo to the Liberty High School Orchestra, which performed a very special holidy concert at the Liberty Elks Lodge.

Local senior citizens were invited to the free performance, which was held on Dec. 11.

We are so proud of our talented student musicians!

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The December edition of “LES News” is on the air!

“LES News,” a video newcast brought to you by our Liberty Elementary students with the expert assistance of teacher Tamika Terry, is a great way to learn about some of the terrific things happening in the elementary school.

Here’s the latest edition, along with some of the students’ earlier broadcasts:

Dottie Davison, beloved asst. cook, retires after 47 years

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Dottie Davison, who retired after 47 years with the LCSD, baked a batch of her famous peanut butter cookies on her last day of work.

For 47 years, Asst. Cook Dottie Davison has been a welcoming face on the lunch line, serving an estimated 4.5 million meals (and countless from-scratch peanut butter cookies) to our students.

Tuesday,  Nov. 26 was her  last day, and staff and students gathered in the high school cafeteria to wish here a happy retirement and present her with her very own Liberty letterman jacket. The High School Honor Chorus also serenaded the beloved Mrs. Davison.

A woman
Mrs. Dottie Davison

“Many, if not most of those gathered here were not even born when Dottie started her career in September 1973,” said School Lunch Manager Dara Smith. “Many historic events have happened over the course of time that Dottie worked here, good things and bad, fashion trends, up and down economies, you name it, but one thing that we have always counted on is a hot meal from the folks in our school kitchens and this Lunch Lady right here.”

A plaque honoring Mrs. Davison will also be hung in the cafeteria honoring her limitless commitment to our students.

The Liberty Cookie Recipe

Generations of Liberty students and staff will tell you that few cookies can compare to Mrs. Davison’s Famous Liberty Cookie, a classic peaunut butter cookie she often baked for students. She generously shares the recipe here:

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Mrs. Davison’s Liberty Cookie recipe, in her handwriting. The top recipe is for a large batch, the bottom list of ingredients makes a “for home’ batch.

Liberty Cookies
(Makes about 7 dozen)

4 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
3 cups sugar
1/3 cup boiling water
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Add a little bit of oil if the peanut butter is dry. Roll in 1 1/2 inch balls. Flatten with a fork.
Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes.

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Students participate in Area All-State

Picture of Area All-State music participants in November 2019
Standing: Tyler Black, Christopher Bayer; Sitting: Kylie Flynn, George Lopez

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce that four students participated in the Zone 9 Area- All State music festival at Suffern High School on November 22 and 23

Selections were based on the solo evaluation results last spring and teacher recommendations. The Area- All State festival is comprised of the top student musicians from Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties.

Congratulations to Tyler Black & George Lopez who performed in the Mixed Chorus. Christopher Bayer performed with the Band and Kylie Flynn with  the Orchestra.

Tyler Black was selected as an alternate for the 2019 All-State Mixed Chorus. Tyler’s score of 99 on his solo evaluation last spring garnered him this prestigious honor. 

 “These students represent the highest quality of musicianship and exceed expectations. To be recognized by the New York State School of Music Association (NYSSMA) for such a distinguished level of accomplishment is remarkable and well deserved” according to Tim Hamblin, Director of Music at The Liberty Central School District

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

Electronic “threat” deemed unfounded

On Thursday, Nov. 14,  at approximately 2 p.m., students reported that a classmate used an electronic device during class to threaten harm to others.

The students immediately reported the incident to the teacher and an investigation by administration and Liberty Police followed.  Police, after interviewing the student, the student’s parents, and witnesses, determined the threat to be non-credible. Additionally,  police confirmed that the student has no access to weapons.

The student admitted making the threat but insisted it was a joke and there was no intent or desire to harm anyone. The student will still face disciplinary consequences as outlined in the district’s Code of Conduct.

The safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. Students acted quickly and staff responded appropriately, notifying police and administration immediately. Teachers also took time today to discuss the matter with their students.

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