School buildings and grounds in the Liberty Central School District will remain closed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. All classes will be held remotely.

SED announces school accountability designations

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has released its list of public schools and districts designated as “CSI” (Comprehensive Support and Improvement) and “TSI” (Targeted Support and Improvement) based upon students’ standardized test scores from the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years.

Based upon that data, the Liberty Central School District was identified by NYSED as a Targeted District.  The Liberty Middle and High School was identified as a “TSI” building.*

Liberty Elementary School was identified as a school in good standing. (Liberty Elementary School was previously considered to be a Focus School, a designation similar to “TSI.”)

“I am extremely proud of Mrs. Harris, Mr. England and the entire staff at Liberty Elementary for their dedication to our students,” Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “Their hard work is why the school is now in good standing.”

*Since NYSED is basing its designation off of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, the Liberty Middle and High School was considered as one single building. Since then, the schools were reconfigured as two separate schools with two separate principals. We’re confident that this will adjust next year’s accountability designation and remove Liberty Middle School from the TSI list.

What is the criteria behind the designation?

The driving force behind NYSED’s district designations is the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA.) ESSA was signed into law in December 2015 and replaced the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation.

These designations are largely based on student performance and growth on the state’s English Language Arts and Math assessments that are administered every spring to students in grades 3-8. Other factors include the number of students participating in the NYS 3-8 assessments, chronic absenteeism and graduation rate. A closer look at how ESSA views student performance is located at the bottom of this page.

What’s next for the district?

The district believes these designations will provide an opportunity to grow and learn. Administrators and faculty have begun developing new curricula and will continue to monitor performance data and provide targeted professional development to ensure that all students achieve at his or her highest level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and feel ready for the world of college or careers.

TSI schools are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan which identifies needs and evidence-based intervention solutions and seek input from parents, staff and students through an annual survey.

Where can I learn more information?

For additional information, please:

How does ESSA view student performance?

ESSA views student performance in these categories:

  1. Composite Performance: This is a measure of how well elementary and middle school students are performing on the state’s English Language Arts (ELA), math and science exams. For high schools, it is a measure of student performance in ELA, math, science and social studies exams.
  2. Student Growth: This is a measure of student improvement on statewide assessments in ELA and math for students in grades 4-8. Scores are compared to similar scores in the prior year(s).
  3. Academic Progress: This is measured by looking at progress on ELA and math state assessments against the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  4. Graduation Rates: This indicator is a measure of the four-, five-, and six-year cohort graduation rates, compared to the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  5. English Language Proficiency: This indicator measures the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) in meeting their individual goals on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT).
  6. Chronic Absenteeism: Chronic Absenteeism is determined by comparing the percentage of students who miss 10 percent or more days of instruction against long-term goals and short-term goals set by the state for each school/district.
  7. College, Career and Civic Readiness (CCCR): The College, Career and Civic Readiness indicator is determined by the percentage of students who leave school prepared for college, career and civic readiness. The number of diplomas, credentials, advanced course credits and enrollments a school has, as well as the number of career and technical education certifications, compared in long-term and short-term goals are factored into the school’s score.

The law categorizes and assesses student performance in these 10 subgroups:

  • All students
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Multiracial
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Economically Disadvantaged

ESSA views the data over a two-year period. So, a school’s subgroups must have success for two consecutive years to be considered in “good standing.” After two years of one or more subgroups failing to meet expectations, that school and district is no longer in “good standing.”

All schools are given one of these four designations:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving. The anticipated release of Recognition School designations is the spring of 2019.
  • School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any underperforming student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School (TSI): TSI schools have at least one low-performing subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School (CSI): CSI schools have an “all students” subgroup with underperformance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a four-year graduation rate below 67 percent.

Sports Roundup (Week of 1/27/19)

Monday, January 28th

Girls Basketball

Liberty  47 Fallsburg 63

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 6 – 16 – 11 – 14
Fallsburg  12 – 22 – 18 – 11


Kelsey Morgans – Team high 11 points
Ally Roth and Angel Giarratano – 9 points each

Game Highlights

Hard fought game against a scrappy Comets team


Liberty 5 – 7

Thursday, January 31st

Boys Basketball

Liberty 74 O’Neill 69

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 16 – 20 – 10 – 28
O’Neill 11 – 14 – 22 – 22


Ashton Barrett – Team high 27 points
Kymanni Dennis – 13 points
Connor Roth – 12 points
Jerlyn Hernandez – 10 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians avenge home loss by beating O’Neill on their floor
Indians battled for four quarters against the Raiders
Indians combined for 12 three point shots
Connor Roth and Kymanni Dennis were both in double figures
Roth also had two clutch free throws to “ice” the game.
Indians are one league win away from clinching a playoff berth


Liberty 6 – 9


The ELS Varsity Wrestling Team hosted the Onteora Eagles and the Rondout Valley in the Robert VanSlyke Memorial Gymnasium. ELS dominated both teams securing two Section IX wins. ELS beat Onteora 54-30 and then won against Rondout Valley 52-28.

The fans were also treated to six bouts of Pee Wee wrestling by members of the Liberty Warriors sponsored by the Town of Liberty Parks and Recreation Department.

It was also Senior Night for the wrestling team and all the senior wrestlers from all three schools were honored. Each senior was given a flower to present to a family member. The wrestlers met their family at center mat for congratulations and pictures. Those honored were Drew Bendy (Liberty), Caesar Santiago (Liberty), Kegan Campbell (Liberty), Nick Curreri (Eldred), James DeAverio (Sullivan West) and Nate Edwards (Sullivan West).

Coach John Lennon was also honored for 39 years of coaching wrestling in the Liberty CSD. Coach Lennon is proud of this year’s team that captured the Section IX Division 2 Dual Meet Championship for the first time. This earned them a ticket to the state dual meet championship in Syracuse. Coach Lennon was an accomplished wrestler for the Indians in the mid 1960’s!

Friday, February 1st

Boys Basketball

Liberty 46 Monticello 51

Teams…….. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty……. 19 – 6- 19 – 2
Monticello 16 – 11 – 12 -12


Kymanni Dennis -12 points, 10 rebounds (double-double)
Ashton Barrett- 12 points

Game Highlights

The Indians picked up where they left off against O’Neill but could not close it out after going cold in the fourth quarter.


Liberty 6 – 10

Girls Basketball

Liberty 60 Monticello 22


Teams……Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty….. 14 – 19 – 21 – 6
Monticello 3 – 5 – 6 – 8


Kelsey Morgans – game high 29 points, 10 steals (double-double)
Ally Roth  – 7 points, 7 steals
Annalyse Holbert – 8 points (off the bench)

Game Highlights

Everyone got good minutes in the game and contributed to the win
The team only had 8 turnovers the whole game


Liberty 6 – 7


Sports Roundup (Week of 1/20/19)

This week had a limited number of sporting events due to the inclement weather.

Friday, January 25

Boys Basketball

Liberty 69, Sullivan West 51

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 30 – 14 – 20 – 5
West ….14 – 13 – 8 – 16


Jerlyn Hernandez – Team high 16 points
Ashton Barrett – 13 points
Bobby Mcleod and Kymanni Dennis – 12 points each
Connor Roth – 9 points and 5 assists

Game Highlights

Great minutes from the bench with Paul Symanski leading scoring with 4 points


Liberty 5-9

Boys Indoor Track

On Friday, the Boys Varsity Indoor Track Team traveled to Gillis Fieldhouse at West point to compete in the Orange County League Division 4 Championship. Several Liberty athletes had performances that scored for the team.

The 4×400 meter relay team of Jose Luna, Wilbur Gomez, Miguel Campos, and Kevin Raymond earned a first-place finish. Sophomore Miguel Campos was third in the 1000 and fourth in the 1600.  Sophomore Steven Cardenas ran to a third-place finish in the 55 hurdles. The 4×200 meter relay team of Gabe Desrochers, Raul Morales, Raul, Owen Siegel, and Steven Cardenas placed fourth. The 4×800 meter relay team of Huan Romero, Eric Zheng, Zach Haberzettl and Iain Eleanbassi earned fourth place honors. Senior Dustyn Kratz placed fourth in shot put. Junior Kevin Raymond was fourth in the 600. Junior John Nolan was fourth in the 55 hurdles. Junior Richie Jandik placed fourth in the weight throw. Sophomore Jose Luna leaped to a fourth-place finish in triple jump. Freshman Gabe Desrochers placed sixth in the 300. Sophomore Owen Siegel was sixth in triple jump.

The team will compete next in the Sullivan County Championships at Sullivan County Community College on Wednesday.

Girls Indoor Track

The Girls Varsity Indoor Track team traveled to West Point on Friday night to compete in the OCL Division 4 Championship.  The team, consisting of only nine girls, combined to score 80 team points and finish fourth in their division.  Each member of the team scored and many set season best performances in their events.  Some girls competed in an event for the first time in order to help the team score.

Placing fifth were: Katrina Blais in the 300, Jerikah Fleischman in shot put and the 4×800 relay team of Jerikah, Nicole Blais, Balvina Garcia and Alexandra Riley.  Placing fourth was Kylie Bachman in the 55 meter hurdles. Sydneigh Fleischman was third in triple jump. Second place honors went to Brooke Roth in 55 hurdles, Brianna Roth in high jump, and the 4×400 relay team of Kylie, Brianna, Syndeigh, and Katrina.

Winning their events and earning the title of Division 4 Champion were Alexandra Rileyin the 1500 meter racewalk, Brianna Roth in pole vault, and double winner Brooke Rothin the long jump and triple jump. Brooke had new season best marks in both event.

The team will compete next in the Sullivan County Championships at Sullivan County Community College on Wednesday.

Saturday, January 26

ELS Wrestling

Round 1
Tioga 67 ELS 13

Round 2
Seaford 56 ELS 21

The ELS wrestling team faced the #1 ranked Tioga Tigers of Section 4 in the first round of the NYSPHSAA Dual Meet Wrestling Championship on Saturday. ELS lost the match 67-13 with Joey Curreri (120) winning by fall and Cesar Santiago (170) and James DeAveiro (195) prevailing by decision. In the second round, ELS dropped a match to the Seaford Vikings of Section 8 by a score of 56-21. Joey Curreri, Nick Curreri (145) and Drew Bendy (182) had pins, and James DeAveiro won by decision.

The team still has several more league meets and the Section 9 championships at the end of the season. Come out and support the team at their home meet this THURSDAY at Liberty!


Wrestlers gain state tournament

Picture of ELS wrestling team
                       ELS Wrestling team after winning Section 9 Dual Meet Championship

On Tuesday, January 8, the Eldred-Liberty-Sullivan West team defeated the fourth-seeded Highland Huskies 37-36 to win their first-ever Section 9 Dual Meet Championship! The match was tied 36-36 after all bouts were completed. ELS was awarded the victory because they won 8 bouts to the Huskies’ 7.

The team’s win at the Section 9 Dual Meet Championship qualified them for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association 2019 Dual Meet Wrestling Championships. The team travels to Syracuse on Friday, January 25 to stay overnight for the tournament the next day. They will compete at Onondaga Community College starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday. There are two divisions with twelve teams in each division. ELS will compete as an unseeded team in Division II. Their first match is against top-seeded Tioga from Section 4.

More information is available at NYSPHSAA Wrestling.


Miles of smiles aboard the mobile dental clinic  

Children ages six months through 18 years of age who are not receiving services from another dental office are eligible to receive dental exams and treatment through PRASAD.

PRASAD is a dental health program that brings dental services to children who are not receiving services from another dental office. Their fully equipped mobile clinic has two dental offices that provide dental exams and an array of dental treatments including sealants, cleanings, fluoride, fillings, extractions, space maintainers and x-rays.

PRASAD’s mobile clinic visits Sullivan County schools on a rotating basis, but it’s possible to arrange an appointment when the clinic is not at the Liberty campus.  The clinic is also open during the summer at their office in Ferndale.

If a parent/guardian would like to utilize this service, they must first make PRASAD their dental provider by contacting their insurance company and requesting that PRASAD become their dental provider.

PRASAD accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid, Delta Dental, Fidelis, and MVP. A sliding fee application is available for uninsured children.

To learn more or make an appointment, call (845) 434-0376 ext. 216 or visit

Informational flyers and applications are available in a PDF format on the Sullivan County BOCES website at this link.

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Students CATCH an active lifestyle with Bee Moser

The district would like to extend its thanks to nutritionist Bee Moser of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Eat Smart New York for her work through the Catch Kids program.

The Catch Kids program is a new after school program for students who attend the Boys and Girls Club. Catch Kids that focuses on physical activity and healthy eating. Currently, elementary school members meet on Tuesdays and middle school members meet on Thursdays from 4-5 p.m.

“The CATCH after school program curriculum is an interactive way to get kids moving while giving them the ability to identify healthy foods. We focus on having fun,” Ms. Moser said.  “[The students] play games while learning about the importance of exercise and healthy food.”

The goal of the program, she said, is to create behavior changes.

“It is beautiful to see how much kids are into learning about healthy lifestyles. It is heartwarming to me when I come back each week and have kids lining in up to tell me what healthy thing they’ve begun to incorporate in their life, from a healthy fruit or vegetable to a little bit of extra walking or playing,” she said.

A guide to temperature related school closings

When very cold weather strikes, the district receives many questions from families and staff asking whether school will be delayed or closed due to cold temperatures or wind chill alone.

Under certain conditions, the superintendent  may determine that school should be delayed or closed for the safety of the district’s students and staff.

Weather conditions across the district can vary greatly due changes in elevation. The temperature, wind chill factor and the the safety of children who walk to school are also considered.

We rely on guidance from the National Weather Service to make our
decisions.  Their guidelines into account the amount of time it takes for exposed skin to develop frostbite based on the wind chill and temperature.

When temperatures do not warrant closing, families can help their
children prepare for the weather by dressing them warmly, in
layers, with a hat, scarf, gloves and appropriate footwear.

During colder months, the district makes some adjustments in
response to the weather to ensure students and staff are safe and
as comfortable as possible:

  • Rolling V, our transportation provider, begins preparing district buses as early as 4 a.m. to make sure the engines start and heaters work so that students have as warm a ride to school as possible. Drivers are careful to arrive at bus stops as close to “on time” as possible;
  •  Custodial and maintenance staff ensures temperatures inside classrooms are comfortable and are on standby to respond to any facilities issues that may arise; and
  • Recess and all physical education activities are held indoors.

Instructional time is valuable for all of our students to be able to achieve at the highest levels. We hope that this information is helpful for our students, families and staff to know more about our decision-making process and the steps we can all take to continue our teaching and learning even when it’s very cold out.

Coding is as easy as making a sandwich

A great way to help students learn something new is to start with something students are already familiar with, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!


When she entered the door of Mrs. Hand’s third-grade classroom, technology integration specialist Dana Gropper left behind all of her knowledge as a human being.

As she pulled out the ingredients for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, she introduced herself not as a teacher, but as a computer under the direction of the students.

As technology integration specialist, Ms. Gropper designs and delivers technology related instruction to students. In short, she breaks down concepts such as html and coding in age-appropriate ways.

In the video clip below, she teaches the fundamentals of computer programming using the simplicity of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Programmers write detailed instructions for computers to follow, she explained. If the instructions lack detail, the program won’t work as expected.


Sports Roundup (Week of 1/13/2019)

Monday, January 14

Boys Basketball

Liberty 75 TriValley 29

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 23 – 13 – 20 – 19
TriValley 0 – 10 – 11 – 8


Kymanni Dennis – Game high 20 points
Ashton Barrett – 17 points
Jerlyn Hernandez and Bobby McLeod – 13 points each

Game Highlights

Indians coming out hot in the first quarter with 23 points
Key defensive play from the Indians zone defense and full court pressure
Bench players get significant minutes allowing starters to rest


Liberty 5-6

Girls Basketball

Liberty 37 O’Neill 36

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 6 – 6 – 15 – 10
O’Neill 7 – 8 – 8 – 13


Kelsey Morgans – Game high 20 points
Ally Roth – 7 points
Kassidy DeGroat – 12 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians use big third quarter to go ahead
Kelsey Morgans found Katy Decker under the basket for the go ahead basket with only 8 seconds left in the game
The Indians cam3 up with a big defensive stop at the other end to hold off O’Neill
Extend win streak to 3 games


Liberty 4-5

Tuesday, January 15

Girls Basketball

Liberty 59 Roscoe 30

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty 17 – 9 – 16 – 17
Roscoe  5 – -6 – 12 -7


Kelsey Morgans – Game high 23 points, 10 steals (double double)
Ally Roth – 13 points, 8 steals
Angel Girrantano – 10 points, 8 rebounds
Kassidy DeGroat – 12 rebounds

Game Highlights

Indians extend win streak to four games with another road win
Reach .500 record


Liberty 5-5

Wednesday, January 16

Wrestling (non-league)


99 pounds: Colby Amell (S) won by forfeit; 106: Robert Drost (S) pin Quintin Herzog :46; 113: Kristian Chauncey (S) pin Patrick Adams 1:32; 120: Joey Curreri (ELSW) pin Angel Lemus :41; 126: Brendon Bergen (S) pin Charles Amoroso 2:25; 132: James Heinlein (S) pin Tim Dirie :41; 138: Crew Belnap (S) d. Mark Amoroso 8-2; 145: Nick Curreri (ELSW) pin Jacobus Hockx 1:11; 152: Sean Costello (S) pin Wayne Kratz :48; 160: Daniel Ball (S) d. Henry Peters 8-4; 170: Matt Bucci (S) pin Cesar Santiago 4:48; 182: Graeme Knisell (S) pin Drew Bendy 1:47; 195: James DeAveiro (ELSW) d. Anthony Owen 5-4; 220: James Bucci (S) pin Andrew Scamihorn :46; 285: Ayden Patterson-Sprance (S) pin Nathaniel Edwards 2:50.

Boys Basketball

Liberty 45 Minisink Valley 49

Teams… Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty.. 5 – 11 – 14 – 15
Minisink 15 – 13 – 11 – 11


Kymanni Dennis – 16 points
Ashton Barnett – 12 points
Bobby McLeod – 9 points

Game Highlights



Liberty 5-7

Thursday, January 17

Girls Basketball

Liberty 26 Onteora 51

Teams.. Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4


Kassidy DeGroat – 12 points

Game Highlights



Liberty 5-6

Boys Basketball

Liberty 45 Minisink Valley 49

Teams… Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty.. 5 – 11 – 14 – 15
Minisink 15 – 13 – 11 – 11


Kymanni Dennis – 16 points
Ashton Barnett – 12 points
Bobby McLeod – 9 points

Game Highlights



Liberty 5-7

Friday, January 18

Liberty 29 Cornall 44

Teams… Q1 – Q2 – Q3 – Q4
Liberty….. 4 – 8 -10 – 7
Cornwall 10 – 10 – 12 – 12


Kymanni Dennis – 12 points
Ashton Barnett – 12 points
Bobby McLeod – 9 points

Game Highlights



Liberty 5-8


LHS students win Regional Scholastic Art Awards

Art students at Liberty High School were recognized for their exemplary work in the Regional Scholastic Art Awards Competition by the Hudson Valley Scholastic Regional Affiliate.

The students competed against middle and high school students from Sullivan, Dutchess, Ulster and Orange Counties. In all, the students took home 16 Gold Key Awards and 14 Silver Key Awards. To date, Liberty students have earned 71 awarded works.

Gold Key and Silver Key Award winners will have their work displayed at Orange-Ulster BOCES and will be honored at an awards ceremony at SUNY New Paltz on Feb. 8. The winners are:

  • Julia Almodoval: 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key
  • Lucia Gonzalez: 1 Silver Key
  • Tiana Helms: 2 Gold Keys, 1 Silver Key
  • Andralyn Lagattuta: 4 Gold Keys, 6 Silver Keys
  • Gabby Magie: 1 Gold Key
  • Bella Mateo: 2 Gold Keys
  • Julisa Rosa: 3 Gold Keys, 3 Silver Keys
  • Maria Rakin: 2 Gold Keys, 2 Silver Keys

Gold Key recipients will be adjudicated again at the exhibit for consideration to move on to higher level Scholastic venues.

“Scholastic is a nationwide, highly selective organization,” explained Liberty High School Art Director Kathleen Johansen. “Being recognized with a Key is no small achievement.”

We are so proud of our students, who have put vast amounts of time, effort and heart into their art. The incredible level of work that our students produce prove that Liberty is a powerhouse in the arts.

We also commend our art teachers for their influence and creative encouragement.

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