New Athletic Director appointed

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Peter Bianco, Liberty’s new Athletic Director.

On Tuesday, July 30, the Board of Education appointed a new Athletic Director, Peter Bianco. Mr. Bianco will serve the Liberty Central School District as the Athletic Director, a physical education teacher and the Director of Physical Education and Health.

Mr. Bianco spent the last five years at York Prep in Manhattan as the Athletic Director, head of the Physical Education Department, a teacher and a coach. He was appointed the President of the Independent Schools Athletic League in 2017. Mr. Bianco is also Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Mr. Bianco’s love for athletics drove him to seek employment in the field after college. He worked his way up the ranks at the Parisi Speed School, where he eventually became the training director. Later, he accepted a position at the East Harlem School at Exodus House as the Athletic Director, a physical education teacher, and a coach for soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. He is also certified by the American Sport Education Program as a Youth Coach and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He conducted his undergraduate studies at Springfield College where he obtained a degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching. He also played on the men’s soccer team. His passion for athletics resulted in his obtaining a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

Peter and his wife Meagan live in Highland, NY. They are the proud parents of a son, Luke, born in December 2018. He likes to spend his free time cooking, playing golf and attending sporting events.

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Liberty Rotary donates $900 to Snack Pack Program

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(From L-R) Liberty Rotary Club President Dr. Bill Silver; past president Jack Strassman; District Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore; Director of Student Services Dr. Timothy Wade, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan.

Thank you to the Liberty Rotary Club for its generous $900 donation to our Snack Pack Program!

Rotary District 7210 President Dr. Bill Silver and past president Jack Strassman delivered the donation July 29 and praised the Snack Pack’s mission of ensuring that Liberty students always have access to healthy snacks and meals. Over weekends and long breaks, students who experience food insecurity are sent home with a back pack full of healthy food.

“We know this is going to a great cause,” said Dr. Silver.

District Superintendent Dr. Augustine Tornatore thanked the Rotarians for the Snack Pack donation and all the work the organization does for the community and local students, which includes scholarships, Arbor Day events, and more.

“The Rotary has always been a wonderful advocate of Liberty’s students and this Snack Pack donation will certainly go a long way in making sure our kids have access to healthy and nutritious food,” Dr. Tornatore said.

For more information or to make a donation to the Snack Pack Program, contact Dr. Timothy Wade, Director of Student Services, at

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Administrators learn, sharpen skills at annual Summer Retreat

Liberty’s administrative team spent a recent summer week honing their skills at their annual Summer Retreat, held this year at nearby Bethel Woods.

Administrators, principals, assistant principals and others attended the four-day professional   development event, an annual opportunity to collaborate, learn and plan for the school year ahead.

Presentations included one focused on the Liberty Framework, which consists of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and the SAMR Model (a technology integration model to help increase digital literacy for both students and staff.)

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Liberty’s administrative team attended a 4-day Summer Retreat, which included workshops and presentations.

Workshops and training sessions also included:

  • Training on how to implement and utilize the STAR universal screener assessment, facilitated by Renaissance.
  • Right Reason Technology came to show the administrative team the new observation system.
  • Attorneys shared important legal reminders and updates.
  • A Leader In Me presentation. Leader in Me helps our students gain important “soft-skills” (social and emotional competencies). The training exposed everyone to the Leader In Me program’s “7 Healthy Habits of Highly Effective People” framework.  The 7 Healthy Habits of Highly Effective People are:
    Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
    Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
    Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
    Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
    Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
    Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
    Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

Bethel Woods hosted the retreat at no facilities charge to the district.

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Cohen earns national FBLA recognition

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Mike Cohen too second place in the Help Desk category at the national FBLA competition

More than 9,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Texas to Create. Lead. Inspire, as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in San Antonio. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

Michael Cohen from Liberty High School in Liberty, NY received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Cohen competed in Help Desk and brought home second place. Help Desk is a competition-oriented around developing skills in the field of Information Technology. The participant is given a prompt dealing with a given user that needs technological assistance. From here, the competitor must professionally design and implement a solution that properly fits the customer’s needs. “It’s such an honor to represent my hometown and my school in this way. My experience in the Future Business Leaders of America organization has provided me with incredible opportunities that I would not have otherwise,” said Michael, President of Liberty’s FBLA.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

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Chromebooks to be distributed to all HS students

For the 2019-2020 school year, all students at Liberty High School will be issued a Chromebook that may be used at school and at home to enhance their educational opportunities and experiences. The mission of the District’s 1:1 Chromebook Initiative is to ensure that all students in grades 9-12 have access to the digital tools and resources to allow them to be successful learners at the high school and outside of the school day. Additionally, this will provide equal access to technology for our students and staff. To help reach this goal, we will provide our students with digital devices that can expand their learning opportunities.

We would like to help parents and students better understand these opportunities and responsibilities associated with the new devices. With this in mind, parents of 9th-12th grade students must attend our parent information session before we can issue a Chromebook to your child in September 2019. Our parent information session will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the LHS David E. Panebaker Auditorium. Any parent who will be unable to attend the August informational meeting will be required to either view our informational video online (the link will be provided at a later date) or attend the informational session at Open House on September 12, 2019. In addition, parents and students must complete the “LCSD Student/Parent Device Agreement” form located in the back of the User Guide and return it to the High School Main Office where it will be kept on file. This must be turned in prior to being issued a Chromebook in September 2019. Chromebooks will be collected prior to classes ending in June.

Students will be provided with information about the care and use of their Chromebook during Homeroom at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. This will allow the students to better understand the benefits of the program and the responsibilities that they have as part of the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.

If you have any questions or concerns about attending the informational session, please feel free to contact the LHS Main Office at 845-292-5400, extension 2005.

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