The December edition of “LES News” is on the air!

“LES News,” a video newcast brought to you by our Liberty Elementary students with the expert assistance of teacher Tamika Terry, is a great way to learn about some of the terrific things happening in the elementary school.

Here’s the latest edition, along with some of the students’ earlier broadcasts:

Dottie Davison, beloved asst. cook, retires after 47 years

A group photo of adults gathered around a try of cookies
Dottie Davison, who retired after 47 years with the LCSD, baked a batch of her famous peanut butter cookies on her last day of work.

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.

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Mrs. Dottie 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:

a handwritten recipe on lined paper
Mrs. Davison’s Liberty Cookie recipe, in her handwriting. The top recipe is for a large batch, the bottom list of ingredients makes a “for home’ batch.

Liberty Cookies
(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.

Students participate in Area All-State

Picture of Area All-State music participants in November 2019
Standing: Tyler Black, Christopher Bayer; Sitting: Kylie Flynn, George Lopez

The Liberty Central School Music Department is proud to announce that four students participated in the Zone 9 Area- All State music festival at Suffern High School on November 22 and 23

Selections were based on the solo evaluation results last spring and teacher recommendations. The Area- All State festival is comprised of the top student musicians from Greene, Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties.

Congratulations to Tyler Black & George Lopez who performed in the Mixed Chorus. Christopher Bayer performed with the Band and Kylie Flynn with  the Orchestra.

Tyler Black was selected as an alternate for the 2019 All-State Mixed Chorus. Tyler’s score of 99 on his solo evaluation last spring garnered him this prestigious honor. 

 “These students represent the highest quality of musicianship and exceed expectations. To be recognized by the New York State School of Music Association (NYSSMA) for such a distinguished level of accomplishment is remarkable and well deserved” according to Tim Hamblin, Director of Music at The Liberty Central School District

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music for further information. He can be reached at 292-5400 ex. 2021 or thamblin@libertyk12.org 

Music Department releases Winter Concert schedule

The Liberty Central School Music Department is pleased to announce the schedule for the upcoming winter concerts. All performances are in the Liberty High School David Panebaker Auditorium beginning at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019– MS 5/6 Winter Concert (snow date December 4)

Wednesday, December 11, 2019– MS 7/8 Winter Concert (snow date December 12)

Monday, December 16, 2019– HS Winter Concert (snow date December 17)

All performances are free and open to the public. 

Please contact Timothy Hamblin, Director of Music, for further information. He can be reached by phone at 292-5400  ex. 2021 or  by email at thamblin@libertyk12.org 

Peters appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal

Robert Peters, new LHS Interim Assistant Principal, with High School Principal Derek Adams

Mr. Robert Peters was appointed LHS Interim Assistant Principal at the Nov. 12 meeting of the Board of Education.  Mr. Peters will serve in this position until a new Assistant Principal is hired. He replaces Mr. Paul Brown who left our district to accept an appointment in another school.

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.

Run, Hide, Fight Presentations continue at LHS

Click here for Letter to Parents (English) Carta a los padres (en Espanol)

The Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.

The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department.

Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

“In August 2018, the district welcomed a second full-time school resource officer,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore said. “Now we’re taking a major next step forward in school safety.” We currently have three full time school resource officers (SROs), stationed at each school building in the 2019-2020 school year.

“Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation,” School Resource Officer and Village of Liberty Police Officer Devin Brust said. “Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to.”

The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature, according to Brust. “No one can accurately predict how one should or will act under these circumstances,” he said. “What we’re aiming to do is empower staff and students to have the confidence and knowledge to respond appropriately if something happens.”

The district began sharing the “Run, Hide, Fight” presentations at Liberty High School in November 2018 with the help of our two school resource officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake. We will continue the informational presentations during the 2019-2020 school year at the High School once again starting in October 2019.

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact the building Principal of your child’s school. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.


September 30, 2019

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students:

I hope this letter finds you well. We’ve had an academically and culturally prosperous month here at Liberty High School. As always, our District Safety Committee and Building Safety Committee continue to strengthen and improve upon our safety procedures. Their careful analysis along with feedback from students has led us to using a training protocol called Run, Hide, Fight.   

Liberty Central School District will continue the Run, Hide, Fight active shooter presentations with High School students and staff. The presentations are in response to feedback following school shootings across the nation.The presentations, will incorporate the Run, Hide, Fight model and will be implemented through a partnership of the school system and the Village of Liberty Police Department. Two years ago, the school district, local law enforcement and county officials hosted a forum on school safety to hear concerns from students, who said more training was needed.

The Run, Hide, Fight protocol originates and is a copyright of the City of Houston made in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. 

Our School Resource Officers, Officer Brust and Officer Lake, will be assisting in coordinating and leading the presentations and trainings. According to Officer Brust, who has been trained in the protocol, “Run, Hide, Fight is a way to remember what to do in an active shooting situation. Law enforcement agencies recommend escaping if you can, hiding if you can’t and fighting only if you have to. The concept of Run, Hide, Fight is purposely general in nature.”

The Run, Hide, Fight presentations are just one part of the District’s assailant and safety lessons. In February and March of 2019, teachers and staff of Liberty School District became familiar with Stop the Bleed, a first-aid protocol that encourages bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

For information about the Run, Hide, Fight preparedness response, please contact me. General inquires about the District’s safety initiatives can be directed to Liberty Elementary School Dean and Director of the District Safety Committee Nathaniel Zacek at (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 or NZacek@libertyk12.org.

All the Best,

Derek Adams, Principal


30 de Septiembre de 2019

Estimados Padres / Tutores y Estudiantes:

Espero que esta carta les encuentre bien. Hemos tenido un mes académico y culturalmente próspero aquí en Liberty High School. Como siempre, nuestro Comité de Seguridad del Distrito y el Comité de Seguridad del Edificio continúan fortaleciendo y mejorando nuestros procedimientos de seguridad. Su cuidadoso análisis junto con los comentarios de los estudiantes nos ha llevado a usar un protocolo de entrenamiento llamado Run, Hide, Fight ( Correr, esconderse, luchar).

El Distrito Escolar Central de Liberty, continuará las presentaciones de tiradores activos Run, Hide, Fight con los estudiantes y el personal de la escuela secundaria. Las presentaciones son en respuesta a los comentarios después de los tiroteos escolares en todo el país. Las presentaciones incorporarán el modelo Run, Hide, Fight y se implementarán a través de una asociación del sistema escolar y el Departamento de Policía del Pueblo de Liberty. Hace dos años, el distrito escolar, la policía local y los funcionarios del condado organizaron un foro sobre seguridad escolar para escuchar las preocupaciones de los estudiantes, quienes dijeron que se necesitaba más capacitación.

El protocolo Run, Hide, Fight se origina y es un derecho de autor de la Ciudad de Houston realizado en asociación con el Departamento de Seguridad Nacional.

Nuestros oficiales de recursos escolares, el oficial Brust y el oficial Lake, ayudarán a coordinar y dirigir las presentaciones y capacitaciones. Según el oficial Brust, que ha sido entrenado en el protocolo, “Correr, esconderse, luchar  es una forma de recordar qué hacer en una situación activa de tiro. Las agencias de aplicación de la ley recomiendan escapar si puedes, esconderte si no puedes y luchar solo si es necesario. El concepto de correr, esconderse, luchar es a proposito general en la naturaleza “.

Las presentaciones de Run, Hide, Fight son solo una parte de las lecciones de asalto y seguridad del Distrito. En Febrero y Marzo de 2019, los maestros y el personal del Distrito Escolar de Liberty se familiarizaron con Stop the Bleed (Parar sangramiento), un protocolo de primeros auxilios que alienta a los transeúntes a capacitarse, equiparse y capacitarse para ayudar en una emergencia hemorrágica antes de que llegue la ayuda profesional.

Para obtener información sobre la respuesta de preparación Correr, Esconderse, Luchar, contáctame. Las consultas generales sobre las iniciativas de seguridad del Distrito pueden dirigirse al Decano de la Escuela Primaria de Liberty y al Director del Comité de Seguridad del Distrito Nathaniel Zacek al (845) 292-5400 ext. 2030 o NZacek@libertyk12.org.

Cordialmente, 

Derek Adams, Principal

Learn more about the 2020 Census here

The 2020 Census is much more than just a headcount. It provides a picture of our community that helps determine where to build new schools, hospitals, and businesses. Responding to the census also helps communities get the funding they need and helps businesses make data-driven decisions that grow the economy.

Census data impacts our daily lives, informing important decisions about funding for services and infrastructure in our community, including health care, senior centers, roads, and political representation. It also helps us see how our communities have changed over time. That’s why an accurate count is so important.

Your census responses are safe and secure. The census bureau is required by law to protect all personal information, and it is strictly confidential. Your answers cannot be used against you by any court or governmental agency, including the FBI, CIA, Department of Homeland Security, or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

For the first time, the U.S. Census Bureau will accept responses online, by phone, and by mail, to ensure the process is secure and convenient for everyone. This new system makes the questionnaire easy to complete.

Learn more about the 2020 census here.

Class of 2019 turns its tassels

On June 28, Liberty Central School District graduated its Class of 2019 in a ceremony that looked back on the graduates’ 13-year journey and celebrated the days still to come.

As students accepted their diplomas, the community looked on with pride, whether they were supporting their own children or someone else’s.

In a ceremony filled with words of advice and reflection, the members of the graduating class heard a larger theme; to stay humbled in this wild world and to tackle it with thought, rationale, kindness and social responsibility.

To relive moments from the ceremony, visit our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

LCSD introduces Leader In Me, parent survey

Liberty Central School District is excited to introduce a new program that we believe will have a profound effect on our students. We’d like to invite parents to take a survey regarding this program. Please check your e-mail or the school website for information.

A key component of the Leader In Me initiative is a needs assessment. We are asking all staff, parents and guardians and students in grades 4-12 to take a ten minute survey that will help us gauge the community’s perception of our school buildings.

Students and staff will take the survey this week during school hours.

Parents and guardians, please take a few moments to find your respective link and take the survey. Thank you.

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