LES staff member tests positive for COVID-19

The district has learned that a Liberty Elementary School staff member has tested positive for COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the individual who tested positive and we wish them a speedy recovery. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure of personally identifiable information of anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The staff member was last on campus March 25.

Individuals who may be at risk for exposure to COVID-19 have been individually notified by a building administrator or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please reach out to your building principal. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Two Liberty High School students test positive for COVID-19

The district has learned that two Liberty High School students have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • An LHS student who attends school on an all-remote schedule but was on campus March 23 has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • An LHS student who was last on campus March 25 has tested positive for COVID-19.

Staff members and parents and guardians of  students who may be at risk for exposure to COVID-19 have been individually notified by a building principal, administrator or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

Our thoughts are with the individual who tested positive and we wish them a speedy recovery. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure of personally identifiable information of anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please reach out to your building principal. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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From LHS Principal Adams | Regents Examinations are in June

Dear Liberty families,

I hope everyone is safe and healthy as we enter into the Spring season. There have been several recent updates that we have received from New York State Education Department that we want to share with you so that you may support your child’s success.

The New York State Education Department is cancelling all but four of the Regents Examinations scheduled to be administered in June 2021. In addition, they are cancelling all Regents Examinations scheduled to be administered in August 2021.

The four  June Regents exams have several factors involved and should be considered in your decision of allowing your student to take the exam. In order to prepare we ask that you follow the directions below to let us know of your decision.

There are also several adjustments related to the requirements that students must normally meet in order to earn diplomas, credentials, and endorsements. These adjustments are listed below. Each course will have a final assessment regardless of whether the corresponding Regents Exam is taken or it has been cancelled.

June 2021 Regents Exam Administration

NYSED plans to administer the following Regents Examinations in June 2021:  Algebra I, Living Environment, Earth Science (written only), and English Language Arts.

The schedule of administration dates for these four Regents Examinations will be shared at a later date.

  • These examinations shall be administered only in instances where schools and districts can ensure the health and safety of students and teachers.
  • Students receiving remote instruction should not be made to come to school for the sole purpose of taking a Regents Examination.
  • Regents scores will not be included in the final averages of each course. Instead, the final assessment will be used.
  • Regents exam scores will be included on each student’s official transcript.
  • We will send out future correspondence containing a form to confirm whether your child will need bus transportation for the Regents exams.

Declining the Opportunity to Take the Regents

  • If you or your child choose to decline the Regents exams linked to their coursework, please complete the LHS Regents Declination Form June 2021.. Please make sure to answer all questions on the form, especially the transportation question. If needed, please contact your child’s school counselor if you are unable to complete the form.

Exemptions from Diploma Requirements

Students who meet one of the following eligibility requirements are exempt from the associated Regents requirement:

  • Currently enrolled in a course of study culminating in a Regents, and pass/earn credit for the course by June 2021. This exemption is in effect as long as the students meet the requirements and pass the course.
  • Successfully pass the course of study culminating in a Regents during summer school.
  • Previously achieved course credit in a course of study leading to a Regents, but has not yet passed the exam, but intended to take the exam in June or August 2021 to achieve a passing score.
  • Failure of a course. Students who have failed the course will be able to complete summer school to pass the required coursework and if successful, will receive an exempt from the Regents.

Diploma Designations

Mastery

Students seeking a Mastery in Mathematics or Science endorsement to their diploma may qualify for such endorsement if such student meets the requirements for a Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation as well as one of the following criteria:

  • Passes 3 math and/or 3 science Regents Examinations with a score of 85 or better;
  • Passes 2 math and/or 2 science Regents Examinations with a score of 85 or higher and has been granted an exemption on a third math and/or science Regents Examination; or
  • Passes 1 math and/or 1 science Regents Examination with a score of 85 or higher and has earned a final course average of 85 or higher in 2 additional math and/or science courses culminating in a Regents Examination for which they are granted exemptions.

Honors Endorsement

Students seeking the Honors endorsement on their diploma must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Earn a computed average of 90 or greater on all Regents examinations applicable to the diploma;
  • Earn a computed average of 90 or greater on a minimum of three Regents Examinations applicable to the diploma and exemptions granted for the other examinations applicable to the diploma; or
  • For students with fewer than three Regents Examination scores, earn a computed average of 90 or greater for scores on Regents Examinations taken and final course grades in courses ordinarily culminating in a Regents Examination for which exemptions have been granted, applicable to the diploma.

CTE Technical Endorsement

Students enrolled in NYSED approved CTE programs culminating in a CTE pathway who earn the applicable program credit by the end of the 2020-21 school year and intended to take the CTE +1 pathway assessment are exempt from the assessment for graduation purposes. Such students will earn the CTE technical endorsement on their diploma. Students enrolled in programs that culminate in an assessment leading to an industry credential are exempt from passing the assessment for the purposes of meeting diploma requirements.

Important Points of Emphasis

Grading and Final Exams

Each course will have a final assessment regardless of whether the corresponding Regents Exam is taken or it has been cancelled.

Course Credit

Students must pass their courses in order to receive course credit and to receive the Regents exam exemption.

We will continue to provide you with updated information as it becomes available as we anticipate that there will be additional changes that will arise. Thank you for your continued support. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Teachers, Counselors, Ms. Barrow, Mr. Matuszak, or me.

Stay safe, and healthy.

All the Best,
Derek Adams, Principal
Twitter and Instagram- @LibertyHS_NY

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Boys Cross Country defeats Sullivan West, Port Jervis

On Thursday, March 25, the Boys Cross country team traveled to the Huguenot YMCA Camp, the home course for Port Jervis, to compete against Port Jervis and Sullivan West. The team ran well over the challenging, three-mile course. When the scores were tallied the Indians had defeated the Raiders and the Bulldogs by the same score, 15-5-0.

Liberty was led by Junior Gabe Desrochers in fourth place. The next runner was Junior Wayne Kratz in sixth place followed by Freshman Carlos Compos-Castro. Rounding out the pack were Senior Iain Elanbassi, Freshman Nate Desrochers, and Sophomore Tanner Ferguson. This was only the second race for all of these runners.

The team is now 2-2 and will compete at home on Tuesday, April 6 against Burke and Livingston Manor.

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NYS ELA, Math Assessments offered this spring

This spring, all Liberty students in Grades 3-8, including those on a fully remote schedule, will be offered the opportunity to take the New York State ELA and Mathematics Assessments, providing the district with important information about what our students have learned and mastered.

This year’s assessments are shorter than in recent years and will be given in-person only. Students will take the tests at the elementary and the middle school, and all safety protocols, such as masks and social distancing, will be followed. (Last year, because of the pandemic, New York received permission from the U.S. Department of Education to cancel the tests.)

Please remember that your child’s scores on the state tests will not affect their grades. As always, the district’s priority is our students’ safety and wellness. If you have any questions about the assessments please contact your child’s building principal:

Remote Learners

If your child is on a 100 percent remote learning schedule, submit an Opt In Form by April 9 for each child that will be coming to their school building and taking the assessments. Please answer all questions, including the transportation question. If you are unable to complete the form contact your child’s school.

Grades 3-8 ELA and Math Assessment Dates


White Cohort (Thurs/Fri)

  • ELA: April 22
  • ELA Make-Up: April 23
  • Math: May 6
  • Math Make-Up: May 7

Red Cohort (Mon/Tues)

  • ELA: April 26
  • ELA Make-Up: April 27
  • Math: May 10
  • Math Make-Up: May 11

Fully Remote students

  • ELA: April 21
  • ELA Make-Up: April 28
  • Math: May 5
  • Math Make-Up: May 12

New York State NYSESLAT Dates


The district will also administer the NYSESLAT exams to our Multi-Language Learners on hybrid and in-person schedules. TESOL teachers will reach out to our all-remote students to offer them the opportunity to “opt in.”

  • Speaking: April 18 – June 9
  • Listening, Reading, and Writing: May 17 – June 9
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LMS student tests postive for COVID-19 | No risk of transmission at school

The district has learned that a Liberty Middle School student who attends school on an all-remote schedule has tested positive for COVID-19.

Health officials have determined that no contract tracing at school is necessary.

Our thoughts are with the student who tested positive and we wish them a speedy recovery. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure of personally identifiable information of anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please reach out to your building principal. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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Volleyball falls to Chester

On Tuesday, March 23, the Indians traveled to Chester to take on the Hambletonians. Liberty dropped the match 3-0 with scores of 25-15,
25-13, and 25-13. Junior Allyson Freer led Liberty in kills with 5.
Senior Eboni Penn Cosentino led in assists with 4.

Boys Cross Country competes at TriValley

On Tuesday, March 23, the Boys Cross country team traveled to TriValley to compete against TriValley and Livingston Manor. Liberty lost to the dominant Bears and a well-rounded Wildcat team. All of the Liberty runners are new to cross country and mustered their best efforts on a surprisingly warm day.

The order of finish for Liberty was Wayne Kratz, Gabe Desrochers, Carlos Campos-Castro, Iain Elanbassi, Nate Desrochers and Tanner Ferguson.

Boys Soccer posts two big league wins

The Boys Soccer team traveled to O’Neill HS on Monday, March 22, to take on a tough league opponent, the O’Neill Raiders. The Indians came away with an outstanding 4-0 victory to begin their season!

The entire team played with determination and purpose in the win. Liam Henry scored all four goals with 2 assists provided by Owen Siegel, and one each from Chase Racette and Dennis Cardenas.

The Boys Soccer team was on the road again on Tuesday, March 23, traveling to Chester to face the Hambletonians.  The Indians stayed undefeated and unscored upon by posting a dominant 7-0 victory for their second win against a league opponent in as many days.

Each member of the team contributing to the win. Liam Henry again led the scoring with 3 goals and 2 assists. Owen Siegel and Chase Racette added 2 goals and 2 assists each. Norlis Acosta had an assist.

The team is now 2-0.

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Two Students Test Positive for COVID-19 | No Risk of Transmission to Others at School

The district has learned that two students have tested positive for COVID-19.

Our thoughts are with the individual who tested positive and we wish them a speedy recovery. Privacy laws restrict the disclosure of personally identifiable information of anyone who has tested positive for the coronavirus.

  • A student at Liberty Elementary School who was last on campus March 16 has tested positive for COVID-19. Health officials have determined that no contract tracing is necessary and the student was not at risk of transmitting the coronavirus while at school. The elementary school remains open as scheduled.
  • A student at Liberty High School who attends school on an all-remote schedule has tested positive for COVID-19. The high school remains open as scheduled.

Staff members and parents and guardians of students at risk for exposure to COVID-19 have been individually notified by a building principal, administrator or school nurse. Contact tracers from Sullivan County Public Health Services also reach out to people at risk for contracting the coronavirus and advise them of what steps to take.

For more information about our health and safety procedures please reach out to your building principal. Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to your healthcare provider or Sullivan County Public Health Services at 845-292-5910.

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