District hosts first All Things Liberty Night on Nov. 7

The Liberty Central School District is hosting its first All Things Liberty Night and everyone is invited to join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7 in the High School Media Center.

The evening will include conversation about All Things Liberty with Assistant Superintendent Dr. Patrick Sullivan;  Elementary Assistant Principal/Director of Community Schools Robert England, and Elementary Dean of Students/District Safety Coordinator Nathaniel Zacek

We’re excited to share news about our students and staff and all the great new things happening in the elementary, middle and high schools.

The evening will include information about the “Three Frameworks” – Technology, Behavioral Supports, and Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) – which are the foundation of the district’s commitment to be the best teachers, administrators, mentors, and advocates to our students.

There will also be time to answer your questions about All Things Liberty.

Please RSVP on this form before Oct. 30 by writing your name and the amount of people attending.

We hope to see you there!

Coach Franke named Coach of the Week

The New York Jets have announced that Joseph Franke of Liberty High
School in Liberty, NY has been named this week’s (week of 10/13/19) recipient of the New York Jets High School Coach of the Week award presented by Gatorade. Through Gatorade’s partnership, the monetary award to benefit the school’s football program has doubled to $2,000. Coach Franke will receive a Gatorade kit, containing a cooler, fuel bars, Gatorade powder mix, squeeze bottles and much more. Along with this award, Liberty High School receives an automatic bid to compete in the 2020 New York Jets 11-ON Tournament. In addition, he is invited to watch
the New York Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 22 from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium, where he will be presented with a certificate and an award ball.

In its 24th year, the Coach of the Week award is given to a coach in the Tri-State area who serves the best interests of the game through the teaching of sound football fundamentals, the motivation of young players to achieve and the promotion of youth football by way of dedication to their community, their school and their student-athletes.

Coach Franke is a graduate of Liberty High School. He played wide receiver and safety for the football team. After graduating in 2012, Franke attended SUNY Oneota. During his time at SUNY Oneota, Franke played shortstop for the baseball team. He began coaching high school football after graduating college in 2016. Franke was named the head coach of his alma mater, Liberty High School in 2018. In addition to his coaching duties, Franke serves as a 5th grade mathematics and science teacher for Liberty Middle School.

On Friday, Oct. 12, the Liberty Indians defeated the O’Neill Raiders, 24-15.

Sophomore fruit sale ending

Deadline: Sale ends Oct. 18. Online sales continue through Oct. 25.

The Liberty High School Sophomore class is selling fruit and cheesecakes to raise funds for their class. To place an order contact a member of the Sophomore class or order online at https://freshfruitorder.org/LibertyClassof2022. The online link will also allow you to credit the order to a member of the class. All orders will be delivered by  Dec. 9th.

LES to host Fall Field Day on Oct. 31

Liberty Elementary School is hosting its very first fabulous, fun LES Fall Field Day on Thursday, Oct. 31!

The LES Fall Field Day will feature a hay maze, relay races, the great pumpkin roll, tasty fall snacks and many more fun fall activities! Students will attend the outdoor event by grade level.

Parents are welcome to join their child’s class. A schedule will be sent home to let parents know what time their child’s class will attend the field day.

The Fall Field Day takes the place of the former Halloween Parade. Costumes and character make-up are not permitted on the day of the Field Day.

The LES teachers and staff have planned a wonderful event where all our students can participate in the games and activities on the athletic field. Students should wear sneakers and dress appropriately for outdoor weather.

We are looking forward to a successful, first annual Fall Field Day and we hope to see you there!

The rain date for this event is Nov. 1.


¡La Escuela Elementaria de Liberty organizaron su primer fabuloso Día de Campo de Otoño el ueves 31 de octubre! La fecha de lluvia para este evento es el 1 de noviembre. Día de Campo de Otoño ocupa el lugar del antgue desfile Halloween. No se permiten disfraces ni maquillaje de personajes el día del Día de Campo.

LES contará con un laberinto de heno, carreras de relevos, el gran rollo de calabaza, deliciosos bocadillos de otoño y muchas más actividades divertidas de otoño. Los estudiantes asistirán al evento al aire libre por nivel de grado. Los padres pueden unirse a la clase de sus hijos. Se enviará un horario a casa para que los padres sepan a qué hora asistirá la clase de su hijo al día de campo.

Los maestros y el personal de LES han planeado un evento maravilloso donde todos nuestros estudiantes pueden participar en los juegos y actividades en el campo deportivo. Los estudiantes deben usar zapatillas de deporte y vestirse adecuadamente para el clima al aire libre.

¡Esperamos tener un exitoso primer Día de Campo de Otoño anual y esperamos verte allí!

Gunther, Metzger meet with local school representatives

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School Superintendents and BOE representatives gathered Sept. 26 for a Legistlative Luncheon at Sullivan BOCES.

Thank you to Assemblywoman Aileen Gunther and Senator Jen Metzger, who met with school superintendents and BOE representatives at a Sept. 26 Legislative Luncheon at Sullivan BOCES to hear our concerns and give us an update on what’s happening in Albany.
Thank you, too, to the talented students of the BOCES Culinary Arts Program, who prepared a wonderful lunch.

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LHS Wins Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt

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Meet the first winners of the Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt!

Congratulations to the teachers of Liberty High School, winners of the district’s first Pineapple Challenge.

The contest encourages Liberty’s teachers to visit one anothers’ classrooms for informal observation and feedback. Pineapples are a traditional sign of hospitality.

The Pineapple Challenge creates a system in which teachers to invite one another into their classrooms for informal observation. Teachers “advertise” the interesting things they are doing in class on a Pineapple Chart, then their colleagues are welcome to visit the classroom and quietly observe.

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Math teacher Liz Fuentes displays the Championship Belt.

“A great teacher is someone who is constantly learning,” said Superintendent Augustine Tornatore. “Formal professional development and conferences are all beneficial, but the Pineapple Challenge creates a wonderful opportunity to see what your colleagues are doing and is, I think, the best way to learn and grow in our profession.”

The High School was presented with the Pineapple Challenge Championship Belt in an Oct. 1 celebration.

Each month, the Championship Belt will travel to  the school which logs the most observational visits. In September, Liberty High School teachers accomplished 29 observations.

Financial aid information available Nov. 14

At 5:30 p.m.  on Nov. 14, Ashley Weintraub, Financial Aid Officer at
SUNY Sullivan will present Financial Aid information for all interested students and parents. The presentation will take place in the LHS cafeteria.

All parents and students who are interested in learning about the financial aid process for post-secondary programs are invited to attend. Information will be provided regarding:

  • FAFSA
  • Scholarships, Loans & Grants
  • College Financial Planning
For more information contact Kelli White, high school guidance counselor, at kwhite@libertyk12.org.

“Inside Peace” comes to Hurleyville Arts Center

The Hurleyville Arts Center will host a screening of “Inside Peace,” an award-winning documentary film about the Peace Education Program, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission is partnering with the NAACP, S.A.L.T., Health Promotion Strategies, Sullivan 180 and the Hurleyville Arts Center to present “Inside Peace.”

Carol Ryan and Jim Hobbs will talk about their experience in bringing this work to the inmates at the Ulster Correctional Facility. Laura Quigley will join them and speak about a new post-incarceration work re-entry program Sullivan County is developing.

The Sullivan County Human Rights Commission is partnering with the NAACP, S.A.L.T., Health Promotion Strategies, Sullivan 180 and the Hurleyville Arts Center to present “Inside Peace.”

For more information, please visit
https://hurleyvilleartscentre.org/inside-peace/

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Teachers, staff, recognized for service milestones

The Liberty Central School District recently recognized teachers and staff who have reached service milestones, including  members of the LCSD who have been here for three and even four decades.

Recipients were given commemorative pins noting their years of service and commitment to Liberty’s students:

5 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • STEFANIE BENJAMIN
  • YVONNE CUNNINGHAM
  • LEVAR HAMILTON
  • JACKIE HARRIS
  • TRAVIS JOHNSON
  • KRISTI KERN
  • CARRIE LAJOIE
  • CAMILLE NELSON
  • DAWN SCHWARZENEGGER

Middle School

  • KATLYN DEMAYO
  • JODI LOCASCIO
  • TONI WILLIAMS

High School

  • KELLI ARPINO
  • CELIA OSET

10 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • AEOWYN BRUST
  • MARIA CRISOSTOMO

Middle School

  • CATHERINE BLOAT
  • FAWN CARD
  • EMILY MCCONNELL
  • BETHANIE QUATRALE KWAT-RALLY

District Office

  • TANIA DEFRANK

15 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • ALISON BURNS
  • CHRISTY GREEN
  • ALICIA HOUGHTALING
  • ELIZABETH SANOK

Middle School

  • TIM HULSE
  • KATHERINE ROSADO

High School

  • ERIN ALVORD
  • AMY DWORETSKY

20 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • LIZ ABRAMS
  • ASHLEY BURY
  • TRACY KLINE
  • KATHLEEN MCCANN-SMITH
  • LINDA MCCROHAN
  • CHRISTINE WISEMAN

Middle School

  • BARBARA BESETH
  • KIM HEINLE
  • KERRI SAWYER
  • KAREN SKELLY

High School

  • MAUREEN CRESCITELLI
  • ERNIE FEASEL
  • SHANNON KIP
  • KAREN JONES
  • DAVE SLATER

25 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • ADELA VARGAS

Middle School

  • ANNE RAMOS

High School

  • CINDY NOLAN

30 Year Pin

Elementary School

  • BONNIE TUTTLE

Middle School

  • JILL BUDAY

Special Mention

  • PATTI GREEN: 31 Years
  • TIM HAMBLIN: 31 Years
  • SHANNON STEIN: 31 years
  • MICHAEL HAZELNIS: 32 Years
  • JODE LIEBERMAN: 32 Years
  • SHARI DiSANTO: 33 years
  • GENE MADSEN: 34 years
  • LEANNE MANGABANG: 37 years
  • JILL DUNNIGAN: 41 years
  • DOTTIE DAVIDSON: 46 years

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