LES students earn “Character Counts” awards

Students hold award certificates in front of a crowd.Liberty Elementary School honored dozens of students on Tuesday, Nov. 22, with a breakfast and ceremony. It was the first time in nearly three years parents, guardians and other loved ones were invited to the Character Counts ceremony. The presentation was also live-streamed and can be viewed here..

Students hold award certificatesThe awards, given to one student in each classroom and chosen by the teacher, recognized students who embodied one of the seven habits promoted by Leader in Me. November winners received the “Proactive Pro” and “First Place Focus” awards.

Students hold award certificates.The winners of the “First Place Focus” Awards were Ashton Martin, Mateo Lebron, Gregory Tavormina, Ta’Kyrie Staten, Emily Marquez Mejia, Tegan Price, Stanella Jennings, Ashton Ackerley, Makayla Kolarik, Cecilia Soule, Ian Marquez, Mia Harrison, Mackenzie Smith, Stella Drake, Carilyce Perez, Katherine Munoz Garcia, Riley Edwards, Shaleigh Santiago, Alex Ines Leon, Mateo Escorcia Vasquez, Caleb McNett, Dean Harte, Anthony Philippe, Nayeli Hernandez Soperanez, Blake Dennison, Logan Moore, Helen Munoz Barragan, Mia Grant, Delilah Flores-Serapio, Sophie Zayas, Ayanelson Mazariegos Cuz, Aaliyssa Rodriguez and Abel McClain.

Students hold award certificates in front of a crowd.The “Proactive Pro” winners were Alexa Gonzaga Serapio, Aubree Kavleski, Olivia Muthig, Jatziry Contreras-Leon, Anastasia Gray, Julian Miranda, Diego Luna Diaz, Caroline Lopez, Brianna Campos Reyes, Olivia Beck, Rony Gomez Franco, Kensi Farrand, Anthony Owens, Katelyn Vasko, Christiana Allen, Henry Krum, Kiara Tavormina, Yaa’Alayah Ashley, Yandriel Aliers Amparo, Keily Martinez Zelaya, Tierney Meddaugh, Brian Rivas, Ivanna Malaga Ventura, Jacy Ramos Lopez, Henry Vogler, Isabella Puente, Delanie Yupanqui, Allyson Juarez, Dia D’Agata, Caleb Rusin, Karen Mosso, Sophie Toledo and Lilliana Garzon-Ferrufino.

More photos can be found on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Well done, students!

LMS students named to honor rolls

The following students were named to the first-quarter honor rolls at Liberty Middle School:

See the recording of the Nov. 30 ceremony here.

Eighth grade

Principal’s Honor Roll: Zackary Alvord, Jill Baumander, Colin Dasraj, LeonJahnae Fountain, Peyton Hadjstylianos, Roger Lynker III, Mariely Medina Orellana, Allison Vasko and Sebastian Yupanqui.

Honor Roll: Gianino Amendola, Tyleal Aubain, Sophia Avellino, Mackenzie Casholle, Eyanna Castro, Isabella Caycho, Olivia Corrigan, Liliana Crespo, Louis Daniels, Hudson Danzilo, Frandy De La Cruz Solano, Brayan Deras Barrios, Titus Donmoyer, Austin Frunzi, Kylie Fuller, Rahel Garrod, Yatareni Gutierrez Guevara, Jhosmery Jadan Pangolo, Peyton Klein, Bartlomiej Klys, Audrey Krum, Gabriella Lisacchi, Katherine Maldonado, Bridgette Mateo Cruz, Jeremiah McLeod, Elizabeth Navarrete, Angele Osorio Ramirez, Savannah Pagan Van Wagner, Katherine Panama Guaillazaca, Lucio Ponce Vazquez, Katterin Reyes Guardado, Joshua Rosales, Riley Santiago, Jordan Smith, Joyce Suarez, Amy Szuba, Giuliana Wagner and Lige Young,

Seventh grade

Principal’s Honor Roll: Colten Allen, Vraj Chaudhary, Keven Cordero Lima, Belle Gandulla, Leah Herbek, Tyler Juron, Hunter Kavleski, Shea-Leigh Kristiansen, Lena LaGattuta, Adriana Ponce Agredano, Lindsey Travers and Zuhaa Zeeshan.

Honor Roll: Irwin Barragan Rojas, Jared Briggs, Emily Cardenas Reyes, Ted Caycho Jr, Nicholas Chan, Hope Corbett, Ezra Dilworth, Sophia Duarte, Michael Feijo, McKayla Figueroa, Ami Garcia Garcia, Brooke Golzak, Starriah Harris, Hannah Herbek, Justin Holland, Jayden Mathurin, Patrick McNamara, Peter Miralle Jr, Giselle Payton, Anai Perez Sanchez, Peyton Rivera, Sherlyn Rodriguez Flores, Nilani Staten, Michael Tocco, Samantha Vidalis and Rosemary Willmarth.

Sixth grade

Principal’s Honor Roll: Amelia Cole, Matthew Decker, Joshua DiBartolo, Grace Fitzgerald, Kailey Henry, Elizabeth MacNamara, Olivia Matuszak, Alena Tarabichi and Wayne Toscano-Gardner.

Honor Roll: Suely Alcantara Macedo, Nathan Alvord, Briana Bermeo, Luca Burgio, Phillip Burrous Jr, Evelin Castillo Hernandez, Joseph Certo, Kendry Cordero-Lima, Aryiah Cottman, Yorleny DeJesus Padilla, Casity DiBartolo, Laudy D’Oleo, Branden Edwards, Alexandra Galeas Osorio, Yoscari Gomez Mejia, Aubreigh Green, Joao Guilherme Moraes, Fiona Gulley, Miles Harman, Riley Harte, Nazarah Heglar, Victoria Henry, Zaniah Hernandez, Mariana Joya-Reyes, Karlee Kalthoff, Alexandra Kelly, Sara Liddle, Paola Lopez Perez, Tristan Maloney, Mayty Maradiaga Sorto, Wilton Mata, Gwendolyn Meddaugh, Gabriela Mosso, Christopher Nicholas, Sariah Ocasio, Alex Olivares-Reyes, Jacob Pennell, Christian Perez Lorenzana, Gonzalo Perez Perez, Arturo Perez Reyes, Aaron Ponce Flores, Carlos Portillo Larios, Arianna Rodriguez, Kimberly Rodriguez, Quinn Santiago, Everett Schwartz, MaKaidyn Smith, Tyler Smith, Jace Snowden, Emma Tacti and Sophia Vasko.

Fifth grade

Principal’s Honor Roll: Dania Duque Enamorado, Claire Ferguson, Michael Garzon Valle, Aiden Hernandez Mejia, Luna Hulse, Antoni Klys, Corinne Lake, Harper Matuszak, Americus Newhall and Brycen Smith.

Honor Roll: Madison Allen, Alexander Alvarado, Conner Baum, Cadence Casholle, Jeremiah Cobbs, Jose Cruz Lopez, Keily Dominguez-Chabla, Makayla Fuentes Serapio, Analina Garcia, Vina Graham, Gavin Grant, Jacob Grossman, Damier Harrington, Jeremiah Heredia, Jolisa Hernandez, Shianne Holland, Grazina Holman, Lilly Kehrley, Sidra Koen James, Matthew Kolarik, Liam LaGattuta, Gabriel Lotz, Ixchel Marin Gonzalez, Ava McNett, Madison Misner, Pearl Mott, Zalaina Nash, Sofia Navarrete, Erika Panama, Naiya Patel, Navya Patel, Valeria Ponce Vazquez, Myla Rielly, Vincent Sackett, Aiden Satz, Hayden Smith, Ana Sosa, Angel Terraza Raymundo, Nakai Toscano-Gardner, Celia Totten, Meily Valencia Bamac, Nahum Vallejo Sandoval, Eric Vargas Martin, Francisco Vicente-Gonzalez, Evan Vidalis and Ethan Zheng

Free weekly meal available to LCSD families

Since the spring of 2020, families in Sullivan County have been able to have one freshly prepared meal provided to them each week, for free, thanks to A Single Bite.

The program is open to anyone with school-age children. Program participants receive a dinner that includes a main dish as well as a vegetable and/or a grain side dish. 

The meals are delivered by volunteers or can be picked up at designated locations.

The program has a handful of participants in Liberty, but organizers encourage more families to sign up.

The Youngsville-based nonprofit was founded by Foster Supply Hospitality, and the Family Meal Program has delivered more than 113,000 servings of food to families across the county. It is funded through private donations and grants.

For more information or to sign up, visit asinglebite.org/contact, or call 845-482-1030.

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LPD edges LCSD in first benefit basketball game

On Thursday, Nov. 10, Liberty Central School District hosted its first LCSD vs Liberty Police Department benefit basketball game, with the LPD earning a close victory.

The LCSD staff started off with a 15-0 lead but the LPD hung in there and began to chip away. The end result was a win for the LPD, 57-52.

The Liberty Police Department and Liberty Central School District staff basketball teams pose for a photo on the court.Playing for LPD were Chief D’Agata (#330), Sgt. Morse (#134), Sgt. Sauer (#115), Officer Persell (#72), Officer Jones (#66), Officer Burgio (#62), SRO Lake (#60), Detective Lowe (#58), Detective Cross (#57), Officer Ventura (#43) and Officer Williams (#14). The team was coached by Elementary SRO Sgt. Poppo (#146), with Team Managers/Cheerleaders Dispatcher Herbert (#26) and Dispatcher Kinne (#24).

On the LCSD roster were Gina Castelonia, Chris Dedonato, Beth Quatrale, Richard Feeney, Dennis James, Joe Franke, Roothland Medina, David Philips, Andrew Philips, Peter Owens, Jamie Black, Jose Bayron, Matt Robinson, Matt Stoddard, Brad Molusky, Elizabeth Hannold, Katie Chakar, Felix Colon, Derek Adams and Dr. Patrick Sullivan. The team was coached by
Stephen Matuszak and Erin Alvord.

Liberty’s own High School School Resource Officer, LPD officer and Head Football Coach Adam Lake had a great part in helping Athletic Director Erin Alvord organize the event.

The game, held in the high school gym, raised more than $1,000 for the Ron Francisco Memorial Scholarship fund through the door fee, donations from the community and a donation from the LPD. The Liberty Physical Education staff awards a scholarship through the fund to seniors at the end of each school year.

The Liberty PE staff thanks Officer/Coach Lake and the LPD for a fun evening and for their generous donation. Staff also thanks Ralph Bressler for singing the national anthem, announcing and running the score board; Mike Bernstein and Edwin Rodriguez, two league officials for officiating the game; Yovanni Fields for taking pictures, Mrs. Bull, Poala Ponce and Tatiana Robelledo of our yearbook class for taking pictures; our chaperones; the Junior Class for selling refreshments; and most of all to the students and community for coming out and supporting this event.

LCSD is ready for a rematch and hopes to make the game an annual event.
Galleries of photos  and videos , courtesy of Yovanni Fields, are available online

Class hears from Navy vet

A man points at a screen with the interior of a ship displayed.

Ms. Cummins’ class celebrated its veteran hometown hero Mr. Dan, who served 5½ years in the U.S. Navy. 

Mr. Dan explained his military career to students and shared pictures of berthing quarters, ICEX, and the mess hall.  Students asked Mr. Dan questions about how long he had to live on the ship and the type of food that was available on his submarine.  Mr. Dan also taught students a little about the history of the U.S. Navy.

A man displays a paper flag Students and a veteran stand near a desk with a cake

LES students honor veterans at assemblies

A person stands at a podium with veterans seated on either side as children sit on the floor in front of themDecked in red, white and blue, waving American flags, Liberty Elementary School students honored veterans on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in advance of Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.

During two ceremonies, students sang songs, read poems and thanked veterans for their service.

Veterans in attendance were Army veterans Richard Begeal, Chris DaSilva, John Foster, Thomas Harris Lewis, James Kelly, Keith Krauss, Dennis James, Scott Ricco, James Richardson and Joseph Tabacco; Madison Johnstone, from the Army National Guard: Navy veterans Arthur Flynn and Shane Weed; Clarence Kratz from the Navel Air Force; Marines Solomon Conner, Carrado Grant, Kyle Muthig and James O’Connor; and Air Force veteran William Lazarus.

Students stand and sing for veterans

Assistant Principal Brittney Cunningham delivered the opening remarks, in the absence of Principal Robert England who was unable to attend.

“Our students at Liberty Elementary school have been preparing for this day for weeks,” she said. ”Through patriotic songs, we learn about what is important. It is important that they feel they are part of the American family that accepts them and appreciates their value to our community and the nation.”

She also explained what it means to be a veteran, and how important service is to our community and our country. 

Students stand and sing for veterans

During the two assemblies, veterans were treated to “See the Veteran” by the pre-kindergarten students, “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” by the kindergartners, and “This Land is Your Land,” by the first graders. All students sang “Grand Ole Flag” to close the ceremony.

Second, third and fourth graders honored veterans in the second assembly with poems, songs and a presentation of donations.

 Mrs. Countryman and Mrs. Rubik’s class read a poem that they wrote in honor of the veterans, as did Mr. Conner’s students. Second-graders sang “Thank You Soldier,” followed by the third-graders singing “God Bless America,” and the fourth-graders, who sang “The Star-Spangled Banner.” The second grade class of Ms. Kristine Kratz presented the collected donations to the veterans that will go to local VA needs.

At the end of both assemblies, veterans lined the doorways as students exited with high fives, hand shakes and thumbs up as a way to thank them for their service. 

This annual Veterans Day assembly is made possible by the collective planning and hard work of the LES Building Leadership Team, the Maintenance Department, everyone in the LES main office and every teacher. Finally, a very special thank you to Ms. Kristine Kratz, the teacher who puts her heart, soul and love for our country into every Veterans Day assembly. Thank you, Ms. Kratz for all of your dedicated work to teach our students about honor, service and patriotism.

Lost and Found goes digital

Liberty Elementary School’s Lost and Found has now gone digital. Found items can now be seen online. Those who have missing items can check out the link to see if it has been found.

Parents and guardians can call the main office at 845-292-5400, ext. 2030, to claim an item and have it returned to their child. The child’s teacher may also be contacted.

LCSD hosts All Things Liberty

Liberty Central School District’s fourth annual All Things Liberty drew scores of people to the school Thursday to connect families with local organizations in an effort to promote their overall well-being. 

“There are great things happening in the Liberty school and community to help improve student success,” said Liberty High School Assistant Principal Devin Lamar, who organized the event. 

Liberty Strings Quartet

As attendees entered, they were greeted by the Liberty Strings Quintet who serenaded guests as they arrived. From there, families had an opportunity to connect with local agencies, as well as see representatives from school based clubs and organizations who shared all of the wonderful events happening within the Liberty Central School District. 

Outside agencies that were present provided families with important information on health, safety and education. Student volunteers also offered fun activities such as arts and crafts, face painting and a photo booth for all to enjoy. Many of the students walked away from All Things Liberty with a stack of free books to help support their journey toward becoming lifelong readers. 

People stop at tables in the gymCommunity vendors that were present included Sullivan County Public Health, Cornerstone Healthcare, National Alliance of Mental Illness, Independent Living, Sullivan BOCES, Liberty Partnership Program and Brighter Futures, SUNY Sullivan, the Town of Liberty Supervisor Frank DeMayo, the Liberty Police Department, Liberty Moo Duk Kwan Academy, Migrant Education, The Child Care Council, The Children’s Home, Boys & Girls Club, Sullivan County 4-H, SALT, Wayne Bank and Bethel Woods. 

“Liberty Central School is thrilled to have such supportive partners, and looks forward to working together in the future,” Lamar said.

People visit informational tables set up in the gymSchool programs, clubs and organizations that were present included the High School and Middle Student Councils, Elementary, Middle and High School administrators, Snack Pack Collection, Maker Space, the Wellness Committee, Business Incubator, Future Business Leaders of America, Middle School Ski Club, Middle School Garden Club, Science Olympiad, Liberty PTA, Leader in Me and Allusions Club.

people serve themselves food from trays on a round table.The event was capped off with “A Taste of Liberty,” a sampling of a food from local restaurants: Yiasou, Red Diamond, Paesano’s, Sweet Basil, Liberty Diner, New Munson Diner, Panchos, Garden Zheng, Chick E Ribs, Don Gabriel’s and Star Bar. 

“I appreciate everyone who took time out of the evening to help showcase all Liberty has to offer,” Lamar said, “and I thank all of the parents, guardians and community members who attended so we could highlight ‘All Things Liberty.’” 

See more photos on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

 

Learn more about our Strategic Plan

Liberty Central School District recently unveiled its five-year strategic plan. The plan helps the district establish its long-term priorities and establish overarching goals.

The plan, along with yearly improvement plans from each building in the district, will help district leaders stay focused on the LCSD mission: to empower each student to contribute and thrive in a diverse community by pursuing their potential.

In the following video, Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan explains more about the strategic plan.

The district will continue to highlight what is being done to reach its goals outlined in the strategic plan using stories, photos and social media posts. Read the strategic plan and look for updates on the strategic plan’s webpage, and look for #LeadingLiberty on the district’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

Group seeks nominees for LCSD’s Wall of Fame

The Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame provides an opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of graduates or attendees who have walked the halls of Liberty’s schools.

Graduates or attendees of Liberty who have made a lasting and outstanding contribution in their lives and career to society upon graduating or leaving the Liberty Central School District are eligible for nomination to the Wall of Fame.

Nominations are reviewed by the Wall of Fame Committee, which is made up of volunteers representing the school district, the local community, and the Board of Education.

To nomination an individual please complete and submit the Liberty CSD Wall of Fame Application and email it to WallOfFame@libertyk12.org. You can also mail the application to Liberty Central School District Wall of Fame, LCSD District Office, 115 Buckley St., Liberty, NY 12754.

Nominations must be received by Tuesday, Jan. 31.

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