Library to host play day, chocolate tasting

Liberty Public Library will host two special events for students next month.

“Afterschool Play at the Library” will be held starting at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, June 6, for elementary students. Students with a parent or guardian will have an opportunity to play outdoor games and use sidewalk chalk if the weather is nice, or inside games if it is rainy.

For teens, there will be a chocolate tasting for middle and high school students starting at 3:15 p.m. Monday, June 10. Students will learn how to test various qualities of different chocolates.

The Library is at 189 N. Main St. in Liberty. For more information call 845-292-6070 or visit www.libertypubliclibrary.org.

Liberty expands pre-k program; registration reopens

Liberty Central School District is expanding its pre-kindergarten program in the 2024-25 school year, thanks to the Statewide Universal Full-Day Prekindergarten Expansion Grant.

The grant will allow the district to offer a total of 87 full-time slots, with classes at Liberty Elementary or district partner G&D Services at the former White Sulphur Springs Elementary School. Half-day pre-k will no longer be offered.

Registration for the pre-k program has reopened and will remain open through June 28. If more applications are received than available slots, an additional lottery for new registrants will be held on July 1, 2024. Parents and guardians will be notified of their child’s acceptance and placement by July 10, 2024. If there are more registrants than spots, children will be placed on a wait list.  Busing will be available for all students.

Students must be 4 years old on or before Dec. 1, 2024, to qualify for the program. Registration is held at Liberty School District’s Registration Office at 115 Buckley St. in Liberty. Appointments for registration are required. To make an appointment, call 845-292-5400, ext. 2331.

Parents or guardians will fill out an application at that time. They must also bring a copy of parent/guardian’s photo ID; custody papers, if applicable; proof of residency, such as a utility bill or rental lease; and the child’s birth certificate, immunization records and a copy of recent physical exam, which must include all school physical exam requirements. Parents and guardians are encouraged to check with their child’s doctor for details.

The application must be completed at the time of registration. All requirements must be provided in order to be eligible for enrollment and the lottery.

For more information, email Interim Assistant Superintendent Marianne Serratore at mserratore@libertyk12.org or call 845-292-5400, ext. 2052.

Liberty BOE to meet May 28

The next Liberty Central School District Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, in the HS Media Center at 5:30 p.m. The Board anticipates to enter into executive session immediately and the regular portion of the meeting, open to the public, is expected to resume at 6:30 pm.

The agenda will be available on Monday. May 27, 2024. at Board Docs.

A message from the principal on senior events

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

It’s an exciting time for our Class of 2024! The following letter includes information about the remaining senior events culminating in our graduation ceremony.

  • Senior Assembly: Wednesday, June 12, 6-8 p.m. in the David E. Panebaker (LHS) Auditorium
    • The Class of 2024, LHS staff, and parents/guardians are all invited to attend the Senior Assembly.
    • Seniors wear their Cap & Gown to the event and need to arrive by 5:30 p.m.
  • Senior Walk and Senior Picture: Thursday, June 13, 8:10-10:30 a.m.
    • The Class of 2024 is invited to walk through each of the Liberty school district buildings as a class for the last time in their high school career.
    • The experience includes the showing of a compiled video of their elementary experiences produced by 4th grade teacher, Mr. Philips.
    • Seniors wear their Cap & Gown
    • LHS Senior Picture- Seniors report to the LHS gym at 8:15 a.m.
    • After the walk, Seniors return their Chromebooks if they have no other tests and pick up their graduation tickets.
  • LHS Live Graduation Ceremony: Friday, June 28, 2024
    • Where: LHS Football Field
      • Weather related back up plans:
      • Plan B – Shift into the gymnasium depending on weather and field conditions. If shifted into the gym, only the seven (7) ticket holders may attend. Extra tickets can be exchanged from one graduate to another if they will not use them all.
    • Times:
      • 4:30 p.m. for Graduates in orchestra to rehearse.
      • 5:00 p.m. for all Graduates to rehearse.
      • 6:00 p.m. for guest arrival. Seven (7) guests per graduate for field seating. Additional guests may attend to sit outside of the track fencing if held on the football field. If shifted into the gym, only the seven (7) ticket holders may attend. Extra tickets can be exchanged from one graduate to another if they will not use them all.
      • 7:00 p.m. Ceremony
        • Guests enter through the Middle School Gymnasium entrance (just like football games).
        • Each guest must bring their ticket to the track entrance gate.
        • Any change to the event due to weather will be made by 3 p.m.  June 28.
        • Save any flower bouquets for your graduate until after the ceremony.
        • Graduates will be mailed a 5×7 photo of them receiving their diploma at graduation.
        • Individuals requiring handicap access should park by the red administration building where golf carts will be stationed for transport to the field.
    • Directions and Tips for our Graduates:
    • Wear your cap and gown, and remember your tassel, sashes, and cords (school issued).
    • Students may only decorate the top of their cap. No other changes, decorations, or additions are allowed other than what is school issued (e.g. National Honor Society sashes).
    • Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking through grassy, unlevel areas, and stepping onto metal bleachers.
    • Bring anything you may need to help your cap stay on or keep your hair in place (bobby pins, etc.)

All the Best,
Derek Adams
Principal
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21 inducted into LMS National Junior Honor Society

Liberty Middle School inducted 21 students into the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony on May 13 in the High School Auditorium.

Those inducted were sixth-graders Madison (Montgomery) Allen, Mya Davis, Claire Ferguson, Makayla Fuentes Serapio, Gavin Grant, Aiden Hernandez Mejia, Luna Hulse, Matthew Kolarik, Corinne Lake, Madison LaMantia, Harper Matuszak, Americus Mott, Zalaina Nash, Angelick Rivera, Brycen Smith and Hayden Smith, seventh-graders Alexandra Galeas Osorio, Yoscari Gomez Mejia, Sariah Ocasio and Jacob Pennell and eighth-grader Alonso Yupanqui.

Students are invited to apply for NJHS based on several criteria including scholarship, service, leadership, character and citizenship; the five pillars of the organization. These students have maintained high academic standing of no less than a 92 GPA all year and have held themselves as exemplary leaders, role models and service-minded citizens in the school and greater liberty community, advisers said. These students have demonstrated high potential to be the great leaders of tomorrow and have pledged to uphold the five pillars of the NJHS, to maintain high scholastic standing, to endeavor intelligently and courageously to be a leader, to practice good character and give of themselves freely in service to help improve their community.

During the event several members spoke about what it means to be dedicated to the pillars and how members work together to contribute their interests, talents and skills to improve the school and Liberty community and shared some encouraging words with our students, families and community members.

Music was also provided by  NJHS students in orchestra: Sophia Vasko, Olivia Matuszak, Joshua DiBartolo, Adriana Ponce-Agredano, Belle Gandulla, Sophia Duarte, Zackary Alvord, Mariely Medina Orellana, Roger Lynker III and Allison Vasko, directed by Sarah Weber.

After the ceremony, students and families celebrated the occasion with a reception in their honor.

Liberty CSD voters approve $68M school budget proposal

On Tuesday, May 21, voters in the Liberty Central School District approved, 987-69, the district’s $68 million budget proposal for the 2024-25 school year.

“We appreciate Liberty Central School District residents’ continued support and recognition of our efforts to give our students the education they need to pursue their potential and thrive in the future,” Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan said. “We are also glad we could do this without increasing the tax levy for the sixth year in a row.”

The $68,034,294 budget funds all current student programs and services, while keeping the tax levy the same as the current year. The budget includes several program expansions that support the district’s five-year strategic plan, including expanding the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) math curriculum to seventh grade, adding Syracuse University Project Advance college credit courses, as well as introducing more computer science and AI-related programs across grades.

The budget also includes the addition of a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)-certified teacher, creating an administrative athletic director position, and converting two part-time teacher aide positions into one full time teacher aid. An update to the middle school library’s innovation lab is also included.

Voters also re-elected three board of education members to three-year terms on the board. Maureen Crescitelli received 605 votes, Peter Racette received 591 and Pamela Teed Fisk, 595. Three write-in candidates, Miriam Singer, Miriam Breuer and Miriam Heimlich, each received more than 400 votes, with several others receiving one vote each.

LHS National Honor Society inducts 28

The 84th annual LHS National Honor Society Inductions welcomed 28 new members on May 15.

1the Liberty Chapter Number 2314 of the National Honor Society was established in 1940 and to date now has 1,520 students from Liberty High School inducted into the chapter.

Students were not only inducted but also given service awards from the Liberty Chamber of Commerce (Dr. Bodolosky) and the Liberty Elks Club (Melissa DeMarmels and Gene Adolf). LHS Class of 2013 graduate, District 1 Legislator, Majority Leader and Chairman of the Planning and Economic Development Committee Matthew McPhillips was the guest speaker and gave the inductees advice.

Members inducted were: Sheyla Anguisaca Llanos, Cristian Argenal, Carmela Burgio, Addison Bury, Genna DeFrank, Giada DeFrank, Eli Desrochers, Allison Diaz Lopez, Joseph DiBartolo, Damaris Garcia, Lia Guillerme, Camila Hernandez, Jacob Kelly, Kaley Klein, Gianna Lewis, Leonel Malaga Venture, Diego Marcia, Genesis Munoz Valladares, Sierra Norris, William Pennell, Brooke Porter, Cassandra Porter, Alexandra Rivera, Joseph Sarney, Justin Simon, Maylluri Vinocunga Llano, Cameryn Will and Isaiah Young.

The NHS Slideshow can be seen here.

Sports schedule, and results, for the week of May 20-26, 2024

Our athletes will be in action in baseball, softball, golf and track and field this week. 

Here are the schedule and results, if available. Livestream links are included where available.

Monday, May 20

3:45 p.m.: Boys and Girls Varsity Track and Field, Goshen Freshman Invitational,

4:15 p.m.: JV Softball vs. Eldred at Eldred High School softball field.

Tuesday, May 21

8:30 a.m.: Boys Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Wiltwyck Golf Club

11 a.m.: Girls Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Apple Greens Golf Course

4:15 p.m.: Modified Baseball vs. Eldred at Liberty High School.

4:15 p.m.: Modified Softball vs. Eldred at Liberty High School.

Wednesday, May 22

11 a.m.: Girls Varsity Golf Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Apple Greens Golf Course

4 p.m.: Boys and Girls Modified Track and Field Invitational vs. multiple schools at Goshen High School

4:15 p.m.: Modified Baseball vs. Livingston Manor at Livingston Manor High School

4:15 p.m.: Modified Softball vs. Livingston Manor at Livingston Manor High School

4:15 p.m.: JV Softball vs. S.S. Seward Institute at Liberty High School

Thursday, May 23

10 a.m.: Boys Varsity Golf  Sectionals vs. multiple schools at McCann Memorial Golf Course.

Friday, May 24

10 a.m.: Girls and Boys Varsity Track and Field  Sectionals vs. multiple schools at Goshen High School.

Saturday, May 25

No events scheduled

Sunday, May 26

No events scheduled.

The schedule is subject to change. Check the Liberty schedule on the Section 9 website for the latest. 

BB gun discovered, confiscated at LHS

This morning, Liberty High School administration searched a backpack after the report of the odor of marijuana on a student’s backpack in class. During the search, a BB pistol was found in the student’s backpack. In collaboration with the Liberty Police Department, the weapon was immediately confiscated. At no time was a threat of violence made, nor were any students or staff in danger. The district is addressing this situation in accordance with the LCSD Code of Conduct.

A message from the high school principal on end of the year events

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope everyone is enjoying our spring weather! Shared with you below are upcoming important dates and events to conclude our 2023-2024 school year. We look forward to seeing you as we celebrate our students, create memories, and reach milestones. More information will follow regarding specific information for senior based events, Regents exams, Chromebook collection, and Summer School.

  • May 21: School Budget Vote and BOE Elections, HS Media Center, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • May 22: K-12 District Art Show, 4-6 p.m.
  • May 27: Memorial Day Parade feat. the LHS Marching Band, Main Street, Liberty, 10:00 a.m.
  • May 29: Academic Block “L”, David E. Panebaker (LHS) Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • May 30: JV and Modified Sports Field Day/BBQ/Awards, 4 p.m.
  • June 4: Algebra I Regents, 8 a.m. (Only students taking the exam attend school)
  • June 6: Athletic Varsity Block “L” Banquet, 6 p.m.
  • June 7: Liberty Music and Community Festival, Lapolt Park, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • June 12: Senior Assembly, David E. Panebaker (LHS) Auditorium, 6:00 p.m.
  • June 13: Senior Walk and Senior Class Picture (during the morning of the school day)
  • June 13: LHS Last Day of Classes
  • June 14-26: Regents and Final Exams (See the Regents and Final Exams schedule here)
  • June 20/26: 4th Quarter Marking Period Grades Due, 8 a.m.
  • June 28: Wall of Fame Reception, 5 p.m.
  • June 28: Graduation Rehearsal, 5 p.m., and Graduation, 7 p.m.

Thank you for your continued support. Please contact us with any questions.

All the Best,

Derek Adams

High School Principal

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