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.

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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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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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Peters appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal

Robert Peters, new LHS Interim Assistant Principal, with High School Principal Derek Adams

Mr. Robert Peters was appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Board of Education.  Mr. Peters will serve in this position until a new Assistant Principal is hired. He replaces Mr. Paul Brown who left our district to accept an appointment in another school.

Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers visit Mercy College

Six students stand in front of a Mercy College sign
From left to right, Liberty High School students Sophia Medina, Abigail Simmons, Destiny Pearson, Charlee Henley (a LHS 2019 graduate and currently a Mercy College student), Gabriella Fontana, and Leah Fitzgerald.

Members of Liberty’s Today’s Students Tomorrow’s Teachers (TSTT) visited Mercy College on Nov. 5, where they met with faculty and other TSTT students from the region.

TSTT is a career development and mentoring program that recruits and trains students for college, and later, a career in teaching. TSTT mentors these students by preparing them with effective leadership skills while still in high school.

The program is part of a school initiative that supports and
mentors students who would like to pursue a career in education.
The program helps to identify, recruit, and mentor current Liberty High School students who after college may return to Liberty classrooms as teachers and school leaders.

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Mary Ellen Hoffman, Associate Dean of the School of Education at Mercy College, spoke with Liberty students at lunch to share advice and answer their questions.

TSTT serves more than 300 high school students and over 300
college students  from nearly 50 high schools in New York, Connecticut,  Virginia and Massachusetts.

Additionally, TSTT students can qualify for a minimum 50 percent
tuition scholarship from its partner colleges.

Students are expected to attain a B+ average by their senior year, volunteer for two hours a week as a tutor and volunteer for 20 hours in the summer.

TSTT program features include:

  • Career development workshops
  • Teaching with Technology conferences
  • Teacher mentors
  • Tutor training
  • Job shadowing
  • College guidance and visits
  • SAT preparation
  • Summer internships
  • College and career counseling assistance

TSTT members meet regularly in the high school and may take part
in excursions such as college visits, career and leadership
based workshops, and conferences. Soon they will begin weekly
tutoring sessions with middle school students and students who
speak English as a second language.

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Soccer Seniors play in Recognition Game

Seniors Sydneigh Fleischman, Noe (Danny) Romero-Bello and Kassidy DeGroat.

On Sunday, November 10, three Liberty athletes competed in the Section IX Senior Recognition Games atNewburgh Free Academy in Newburgh, NY.  Noe (Danny) Romero-Bello competed in the boy’s game. Kassidy DeGroat and Sydneigh Fleischman competed in the girl’s game.


Congratulations to these fine Liberty athletes. Thank you for representing Liberty Athletics.

LHS art students create murals for Liberty bus depot

Art students stand in front of a wall of muralsWe’re proud of our Libety High School Advanced Studio students, who recently completed murals for the Liberty Bus Depot utilizing Sullivan Renaissance awards to finance the collaboration.

The murals, which celebrate the changing seasons, will be mounted in the spring with a reception to follow. Stay tuned for the date!


  • Jimenez, Darlyn
  • Rebolledo, Hennesi
  • Juliua Gorr


  • Camille Rodriguez
  • Tessa Nettleton


  • Liam Keaveney
  • Alyssa Slater
  • Darius Martin


  • Christy Leal
  • Andralyn Lagattuta
  • Madeline Kosto

Liberty Sign

  • Bryan Ramirez
  • Adriana Pomales


  • Zoe Sisselman
  • Eboni Penn Cosentino
  • Kymani Dennis
  • Annalyse  Holbert
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