Tuesday, January 7
Liberty 51 Port Jervis 45
Kassidy Degroat 9-2pt-FG 4-FT 22 points – 12 rebounds – 6 steals
Ally Roth 3-2pt-FG 2-3pt-FG 6 for 6 FT 19 points – 7 steals
Record: 3-2 overall 0-1 league
Wednesday, January 8
Liberty 36 Chester 45
Kassidy Degroat 6-2pt-FG 3/5-FT 15 points
Ally Roth 2-2pt-FG 1-3pt-FG 7 points
Record: 3-3 overall 0-2 league
Thursday, January 9
Liberty 72 Livingston Manor 26
Chris Bayer 41 pts 11-3pt-FG (new school record for one game) 4-2pt-FG
Nasir Gibbs 10pts 5-2pt-FG
A big Liberty Thank You to the Order of the Easter Star Starlight Chapter, Number 74, which faithfully donates school supplies to Liberty Elementary, and their timing couldn’t be more perfect!
Pencils, crayons, folders and other supplies often must be replaced or replenished during the school year, and it’s wonderful to have a stash on hand so students always have what they need.
Thanks to the hard work of Liberty Middle School teachers, staff, administrators, parents and, most especially, the students, the Middle School has joined Liberty Elementary as a “School in Good Standing” with the New York State Education Department.
The Education Department this week confirmed that the Middle School has successfully attained the improved designation. In 2019, the Middle School was designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, meaning that too many students were underperforming.
“This is terrific news and testament to the hard work of our administrators and teachers,” said Liberty Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore.
The designations are largely based on student performance on New York State’s annual English Language Arts and Math assessments, which are taken by students in grades 3-8. Other factors include academic progress, absenteeism, graduation rates, and English language proficiency.
Student data is further divided into 10 subgroups: all students, American Indian and Alaska Native; African American; Hispanic or Latino; Asian; White; Multiracial; English language learners; students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students.
The designations assigned to districts and schools are:
- Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving.
School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any underperforming student subgroups.
- Targeted Support and Improvement School: Has at least one low-performing student subgroup.
- Comprehensive Support and Improvement School: Has an “all students” subgroup with underperformance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a graduation rate below 67 percent.
Liberty High School’s designation as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, remained unchanged.
TSI designated schools are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan which identifies needs and evidence-based intervention solutions and seek input from parents, staff and students through an annual survey.
“Our administrators and faculty continue to develop new curricula and provide targeted professional development to ensure that all our Liberty students achieve at their highest level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and feel ready for the world of college or careers,” Dr. Tornatore said.
For more information on how the designations are determined, visit the State Education Department’s website.
Congratulations to Liberty High School students Norlis Acosta Bustillo, Darian Jackson, Xander Kip, John Nolan, Michael Cuellar Ramirez, Nya Reebe and Jerry Robbins, all of whom had perfect attendance in the second quarter!
Meet our new Middle School Principal!
Heather Cheh, who has served as assistant principal at Liberty High School, was appointed Middle School Principal by the Liberty Board of Education at its December meeting.
Ms. Cheh officially assumed the role of LMS principal on Dec. 11.
Staffing updates at the High School
The high school adminstrative team includes two assistant principals.
Ms. Tiffane Barrow will join the high school as assitant principal on Jan. 13, filling the vacancy left by Paul Brown. Ms. Barrow has already begun the process of meeting students and staff.
Also, Robert Peters will serve as Interim High School Assistant Principal, filling Ms. Cheh’s position until a new assitant is hired.
Visitors to Liberty Elementary School are asked to refrain from parking in the Ideal Supermarket parking lot.
The supermarket’s owners kindly ask that LES parents, guardians, and staff use the school’s parking lot.
Student of the Month, December 2019
- Grade 5: Allison Vasko
- Grade 6: Cameryn Will
- Grade 7: James Dworetsky
- Grade 8: Julia Juron
Student of the Month Criteria
- Academic: Grades (90% or higher in all classes), class participation, completing all work, self motivated, and going beyond basic expectations.
- Effort: Work hard and is persistent
- Character: Displays initiative, honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, optimism
- Behavior: Referral free
- Social Relationships: Leadership, willingness to help peers, show respect
- Attendance: Good daily attendance and no excessive tardies
Liberty Pride Citizenship, December 2019
Liberty Pride Citizenship Awards Criteria
- Contributes to the community or school through service or volunteering
- Extra curricular activities
- Outstanding achievements
- Good character
- Hard work
- Take pride in their actions
- Positive treatment of others
- Make the community and school a better place
- Leader and role model
- Positive atitude
- Acceptance and tolerance of the differences in others
Bravo to the Liberty High School Orchestra, which performed a very special holidy concert at the Liberty Elks Lodge.
Local senior citizens were invited to the free performance, which was held on Dec. 11.
We are so proud of our talented student musicians!
See who has been hitting the books and starring in the classroom. The listings include Grades 5 to 8 with the names of students who are on the Honor Roll and Principal’s Honor Roll. For the entire list of name click on LMS Honor Rolls.
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.
“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:
(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.