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.

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.

Please review our safety procedures

In light of the recent threat to our high school on June 19, we are writing to assure you that the safety of your children and our staff and employees is our number one priority and something that we work at constantly. While we cannot detail all aspects of our security plans, we’d like to remind you about what is in place and provide you with some information about our ongoing efforts.

Training and Protocols

We review security protocols with staff throughout the year and, as you know, practice response drills to a variety of different situations with our students. We have comprehensive building- and district-level safety plans and an active district safety committee. This committee includes district administrators, police and fire officials, operational staff and teachers.

We utilize the intercom or “buzz in” procedures in our buildings, and continue to review where, and when, building access should be more restricted. Our staff and faculty wear their ID badges at all times. As part of our ongoing work, we will be identifying additional actions (such as extra security cameras) that can enhance our emergency preparedness. As you may be aware, our 2019-20 school budget includes funding to upgrade our security system.

Strong Relationship with Police

We have a strong working relationship with the Village of Liberty Police Department and do not hesitate to call law enforcement to our schools as needed. Police are regularly in our buildings for specific issues and events and we regularly seek law enforcement guidance in how we can be proactive and provide staff with the most up-to-date training. Our School Resource Officers patrol each of our school buildings regularly.

If You See Something, Say Something

It is also important to emphasize that our students and families are a critical part of keeping our schools safe. We encourage students to talk to an adult at school whenever they have a concern or notice something that does not seem right, and we ask all of you to do the same.

We cannot say or underscore enough, the safety of our students is a top priority to the district.  If you have any questions today, or in the future about safety practices in our schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to the district office or your child’s building principal.

Class of 2019 inspires younger students during nostalgic Senior Walk

On June 17, the members of the Class of 2019 – dressed in their red and white graduation gowns – returned to their elementary and middle schools for the district’s annual Senior Walk. The nostalgic procession took place at all three Liberty school buildings, as well as the district office.

The seniors were welcomed back with great enthusiasm by their former school principals, faculty, and administrators—happy and excited to revisit the classrooms and hallways of their childhood. As the graduating seniors walked the schools they were cheered by students waving colorful signs emblazoned with well wishes and congratulations. Many young students held out their small hands, hoping for a senior high-five. Each school prepared something special—message boards, pictures and small diplomas.

Watch the video below for highlights.

Learn more about the non-medical exemption from school vaccination requirements

Sullivan County Public Health Department released the following statement on June 14:

On June 13,  Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation removing non-medical exemptions from school vaccination requirements for children. The United States is currently experiencing the worst outbreak of measles in more than 25 years, with outbreaks in pockets of New York primarily driving the crisis.

As a result of non-medical vaccination exemptions, many communities across New York have unacceptably low rates of vaccination, and those unvaccinated children can often attend school where they may spread the disease to other unvaccinated students, some of whom cannot receive vaccines due to medical conditions. This new law will help protect the public amid this ongoing outbreak.

What did the new law do?

As of June 13, 2019, there is no longer a religious exemption to the requirement that children be vaccinated against measles and other diseases to attend either:

  • public, private or parochial school, or;
  • child day care settings.

For those children who had a religious exemption to vaccination, what are the deadlines for being vaccinated?

Children who are attending child day care or public, private or parochial school, and who had a religious exemption to required immunizations, must now receive the first age appropriate dose in each immunization series by June 28, 2019 to attend or remain in school or child day care. Also, by July 14, 2019, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses. The deadlines for follow-up doses depend on the vaccine.

The New York State Department of Health follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices catch-up immunization schedule and expects children to receive required doses consistent with Table 2 at the following link in order to continue to attend school or child day care:
https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf

What is the deadline for first dose vaccinations if my child is not attending school until September?

Parents and guardians of all children who do not have their required immunizations are encouraged to have them receive the first dose as soon as possible. The deadline for obtaining first dose vaccinations for
children attending school in the fall is 14 days from the first day of school.

Within 30 days of the first day of school, parents and guardians of such children must show that they have made appointments for all required follow-up doses.

Additional information will be forthcoming.

Student entrepreneurs enjoy Market Economy Day at LES

What are the advantages and disadvantages of a market economy?
What skills are needed to be an entrepreneur?
How can I balance creating a quality product while making a profit?

These are the questions our young entrepreneurs at Liberty Elementary School asked themselves leading up to their Market Economy Day on June 14

Market Economy Day is a third grade tradition that seeks to increase the financial literacy of the next generation of future entrepreneurs. By using a school store as a means to teach challenging subjects like finance, business and investing, teachers seek to train a new group of future business owners and creative thinkers.

In this unique form of instruction, students frequently encounter situations that provide the opportunity to relate economic terms and concepts to real classroom situations. The instruction leading up to Market Day focuses on the basics of economics, entrepreneurship customer service and money management.

Important information about graduation and senior events

In just a few weeks, the Class of 2019 will turn their tassels. Read on for several important dates for the seniors and their families to be aware of.

Senior Assembly Rehearsal: June 12

  • The rehearsal will take place at 3 p.m. in the Liberty High School auditorium
  • Seniors do not have to wear their caps and gowns

Senior Assembly: June 13

  •  The assembly will take place at 6 p.m. in the Liberty High School Auditorium.
  • Seniors should wear their caps and gowns.
  • Seniors should meet at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Senior Parade: June 17

  • There will be a group photo before the parade at 8:15 a.m. in the gymnasium.
  • Parade line up begins at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria; parade to follow and end approximately at 11 a.m.
  • Seniors should wear their caps and gowns.

Graduation Rehearsal: June 27

  • Rehearsal will take place a 10 a.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.
  • Seniors do not have to wear their caps and gowns.

Graduation: June 28

  • Commencement will begin at 7 p.m. in the Liberty High School gymnasium.
  • Graduates should arrive in their caps and gowns by 6 p.m. in the Liberty Middle School gymnasium.
  • Guests, please arrive early if possible. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and commencement will  starts promptly at 7 p.m.

Academic achievement dinner honors top students

On May 30, Sullivan BOCES held its Annual Academic Achievement Dinner honoring the county’s top students. Superintendents of Schools, Principals, board presidents, and members of the press attended the event.

The following seniors attended:
Paul Symanski
Sarah Kleinberger
Abrielle Milling
Benjamin Quackenbush
Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman

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