Cohen earns national FBLA recognition

picture of Mike Cohen in FBLA compeition
Mike Cohen too second place in the Help Desk category at the national FBLA competition

More than 9,500 of America’s best and brightest high school students traveled to Texas to Create. Lead. Inspire, as they competed for the opportunity to win more than $179,000 in cash awards.

The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) National Leadership Conference was held June 29–July 2 in San Antonio. Participants from across the United States and abroad attended this exciting conference to enhance their business skills, expand their networks, and participate in more than 70 business and business-related competitive events.

Michael Cohen from Liberty High School in Liberty, NY received national recognition at the FBLA Awards of Excellence Program on July 2. Cohen competed in Help Desk and brought home second place. Help Desk is a competition-oriented around developing skills in the field of Information Technology. The participant is given a prompt dealing with a given user that needs technological assistance. From here, the competitor must professionally design and implement a solution that properly fits the customer’s needs. “It’s such an honor to represent my hometown and my school in this way. My experience in the Future Business Leaders of America organization has provided me with incredible opportunities that I would not have otherwise,” said Michael, President of Liberty’s FBLA.

The award was part of a comprehensive national competitive events program sponsored by FBLA-PBL that recognizes and rewards excellence in a broad range of business and career-related areas. For many students, the competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers. In addition to competitions, students immersed themselves in interactive workshops, visited an information-packed exhibit hall, and heard from motivational speakers on a broad range of business topics.

Chromebooks to be distributed to all HS students

For the 2019-2020 school year, all students at Liberty High School will be issued a Chromebook that may be used at school and at home to enhance their educational opportunities and experiences. The mission of the District’s 1:1 Chromebook Initiative is to ensure that all students in grades 9-12 have access to the digital tools and resources to allow them to be successful learners at the high school and outside of the school day. Additionally, this will provide equal access to technology for our students and staff. To help reach this goal, we will provide our students with digital devices that can expand their learning opportunities.

We would like to help parents and students better understand these opportunities and responsibilities associated with the new devices. With this in mind, parents of 9th-12th grade students must attend our parent information session before we can issue a Chromebook to your child in September 2019. Our parent information session will be held from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the LHS David E. Panebaker Auditorium. Any parent who will be unable to attend the August informational meeting will be required to either view our informational video online (the link will be provided at a later date) or attend the informational session at Open House on September 12, 2019. In addition, parents and students must complete the “LCSD Student/Parent Device Agreement” form located in the back of the User Guide and return it to the High School Main Office where it will be kept on file. This must be turned in prior to being issued a Chromebook in September 2019. Chromebooks will be collected prior to classes ending in June.

Students will be provided with information about the care and use of their Chromebook during Homeroom at the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year. This will allow the students to better understand the benefits of the program and the responsibilities that they have as part of the 1:1 Chromebook Initiative.

If you have any questions or concerns about attending the informational session, please feel free to contact the LHS Main Office at 845-292-5400, extension 2005.

Athletes register using Family ID

We are excited to announce that we are continuing to offer the convenience of online athletic registration through FamilyID (  FamilyID is a secure registration platform that provides you with an easy, user-friendly way to register for our athletic programs, and helps us to be more administratively efficient and environmentally responsible.  When you register through FamilyID, the system keeps track of your information in your FamilyID profile. You enter your information only once for each family member, for multiple uses and multiple programs.


All student-athletes must have a current physician’s physical on file with the health office to participate in sports. 

If your student athlete’s physical is expired, you may submit a new one to the health office by taking a picture or scanning a copy and uploading it to the FamilyID form. You may also hand in a hard copy to the appropriate school health office. 


Junior Varsity and Varsity Sports:

  • Registration for Junior Varsity and Varsity Fall Sports opens on July 19, 2019.
  • The Junior Varsity and Varsity Fall sports season begins on August 19, 2019.

Modified Sports:

  • Registration for Modified Fall Sports opens on August 5, 2019. 
  • The Modified Fall sports season begins on September 5, 2019.

If you already have an account you may use the information you submitted in previous seasons to save time with future registrations. Please use the following steps:

  1. Click on the Current Season registration form on your school’s Family ID Landing page.
  2. Login using the email address and password you created previously (do not create a new account).
  3. Choose the sport.
  4. Click on “Add Participant Below or Click to Select” and pick your child’s name.
  5. Update health and demographic information, if necessary.
  6. Sign-off on seasonal agreements.
  7. Save  and Submit.

Follow these steps to create an account for the first time.:

  1. To find your program, click on the link provided by the Organization above and select the registration form under the word Programs.
  2. Next click on the green Register Now button and scroll, if necessary, to the Create Account/Log In green buttons. If this is your first time using FamilyID, click Create Account. Click Log In, if you already have a FamilyID account.
  3. Create your secure FamilyID account by entering the account owner’s First and Last names (parent/guardian), email address and password. Select I Agree to the FamilyID Terms of Service. Click Create Account.
  4. You will receive an email with a link to activate your new account. (If you don’t see the email, check your email filters (spam, junk, etc.).
  5. Click on the link in your activation email, which will log you into
  6. Once in the registration form, complete the information requested. All fields with a red * are required to have an answer.
  7. Click the Continue button when your form is complete.
  8. Review your registration summary.
  9. Click the green Submit button. After selecting ‘Submit’, the registration will be complete. You will receive a completion email from FamilyID confirming your registration.

If you need assistance with registration, contact FamilyID at or 888-800-5583 extension 1.  Support is available 7 days per week and messages will be returned promptly. In addition, if you require computer access or need assistance, please call, or make an appointment with the Main Office in the High School at 845-292-5400, extension 2005 or the Main Office in the Middle School at 845-292-5400 extension 2300

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.

Sullivan County students bond over shared experience at Bethel Woods’ Music in Common

Three Liberty students took part in the Music In Common program hosted by Bethel Woods Center for the Arts during spring break and we’re bursting to share their achievements!

Anthony Philippe, Maria Rakin and Patricia Scarlett joined forces with ten other students from Livingston Manor, Monticello and Roscoe to create content for a zine, produce and edit films, write and perform songs.

Access their final products here:


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

LHS students receive Academic Block L awards

On Wednesday, May 22, Liberty High School held its annual academic Block L awards assembly. The purpose of the assembly is to acknowledge academic success in allsubjects at all grade levels in the high school. The list below shows the students who received awards in various categories:

Mr. Timothy Hamblin – Music Awards

Louis Armstrong Jazz Award Steven Leal
National School Chorus Award Eleisha Graves, Cascio Fonseca
Director’s Award for Chorus Tracy Torrens
Patrick Gilmore Award for Band Tanner Parks
National School Orchestra Award Katy Decker
Leonard Bernstein Musicianship Awards for Band/Chorus Micheal Perez
Area All-State Mixed Chorus Cascio Fonseca

Mr. Justen Mills                    Outstanding Physical Education Student Awards

9th Grade  Katrina Blais, Liam Henry
10th Grade Corrine Hellerer, Zavian Jones
11th Grade Gabriella Magie, Nicholas Connal
12th Grade – Janet Hill Ross, Steven Leal
Adapted PE Natasha Torres, Zavian Jones
Personal Fitness Gabriella Magie, Gregory Stedner Birks
Advanced Personal Fitness  Kassidy DeGroat, Sean McMahon, Jr.

Mr. Brad Molusky            Outstanding Health Students

Emma Dworetsky, Nicholas Conal

Mrs. Kath Johansen         Outstanding Art Students

Photography 1 – Hailee Benson
Photography 2 – Andralyn LaGattuta
Studio Art – Sean Rankin
Advanced Studio – Tiana Helms
Ceramics – Kimberly Brengard
Graphics – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting – Andralyn LaGattuta
Drawing & Painting 2 – Tiana Helms

Mrs. Julie Buck              Outstanding Social Studies Students

Global History & Geography 9 – Logan Keaveney
Global History & Geography 10 – Emily Lutz
US History & Government – Yasiris Hernandez Hernandez
College US History & Government – Sydneigh Fleischman
College Political Science – Paul Symanski
Economics – Sarah Kleinberger
Government – Charlee Henley

Ms. Cindy Nolan                  Outstanding Science Students

Environmental Science – Megan Culton
Living Environment – Sean Rankin
Earth Science – Abigail Kelly
Forensics – Alexandra Riley
Physics of Toys – Taylor Arpino
General Chemistry – Kimberly Brengard
Chemistry – Emily Lutz
Physics – Jarod Hellerer
AP Biology – Benjamin Quackenbush

Mr. Dan Hart                  Outstanding Business Students

Business Computer Applications – Nicholas Connal
Business Math – Samantha Lawler, Rory Magie
Career and Financial Management – Sean McMahon
Fundamentals of Accounting – Michael Cohen
Personal Finance – Nicholas Connal
Entrepreneurship – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez
Sports and Entertainment – Erick Ledoux

Mr. Aaron Salvadge                 Outstanding Spanish Students

Spanish Exploratory – Anisha Harripersad
Spanish II – Emily Kim
Spanish III – Emily Lutz
Spanish IV – Nicholas Connal
Spanish V – Sarah Kleinberger

Ms. Elizabeth Fuentes           Outstanding Math Students

Algebra 1 – Michael Pelton
Algebra 1A – Alithea Douet
Algebra 1B – Dylan Parks, Evan Yennie
Geometry – Emily Kim
Algebra 2 – Emily Lutz
Advanced Algebra – Adell Velazquez
Precalculus – Gabriella Fontana
Calculus – Paul Symanski
Math with Financial Application – Nicholas Connal
Statistics – Paul Symanski

Mr. William Fleck            Outstanding English Students

9th Grade – Aneliyah Carrion
9TH Honors – Abigail Kelly
10th Grade – Tessa Nettleton
10th Honors – Kelly Crisostomo
11th Grade – Isis Wright
Composition I – Charlee Henley
Effective Writing – Tianna Ramirez, Gregory Stedner Birks
Cinema – Hailee Benson, Jada Hamilton
Speech – Jelaine Evangelista
Advanced Placement English – Leah Fitzgerald

Mrs. Heather Cheh        Award and Scholarship Opportunities

Elmira College Key Award – Destiny Pearson, Christopher Bayer

Rensselaer Medal Program – Christopher Bayer

Clarkson University Achievement Award – Jarod Hellerer

Clarkson University Leadership Award – Gabriella Fontana

University of Rochester Frederick Douglass & Susan B. Anthony Award for Humanities – Leah Fitzgerald

University of Rochester Bausch & Lomb Honorary Science Award –
Jarod Hellerer

Mr. Paul Brown           Award and Scholarship Opportunities

University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award –
Gavin Racette

University of Rochester Xerox Award for Innovation and Information –
Joseph Call

Wells College 21st Century Leadership Award –
Kassidy DeGroat, Gavn Werring Mendez

Student Sage Award – Leydi Gonzalez Gonzalez, Andralyn LaGattuta

Saint Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement –
Nicole Blais, Ean Blank

Keuka College George H. Ball Community Achievement Award –
Gabriella Fontana, Arianna Nieves, Samantha Lawler,
Nicholas Connal, Lucas Feijo

Mr. Derek Adams             Presentation of Top Ten Students

10. Gregory Stedner Birks
9. Kelsey Morgans
8. Jelaine Evangelista
7. Michael Cohen
6. Katy Decker
5. Asabelle (Jerikah) Fleischman
4. Benjamin Quackenbush
3. Abrielle Milling
2. Sarah Kleinberger
1. Paul Symanski

Free meals for kids starts July 1 in Liberty

To ensure no child is left hungry over the summer, the Liberty Central School District will serve nutritious summer meals to at no cost from July 1 of this year through August 23. Participating sites (listed below) will provide free, nutritious meals to kids and teens 18 and under.

Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program.

This is the sixth year that Liberty has offered the program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. There are no income requirements to participate in this summer program, and students do not have to be enrolled in Liberty Central Schools.

Francis A. Hanofee Park
136 Sunset Lake Road

From July 1 to August 16, breakfast and lunch will be served each weekday at Hanofee Park. Breakfast will be served 8:30-9:30 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Liberty Middle School
125 Buckley Street

From July 1 to August 23, the district will also provide breakfast and lunch each weekday at the Liberty Middle School. Breakfast will be served 7:30-9 a.m. Lunch will be served 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

Both sites are considered “restricted open sites,” meaning that children who do not attend the day camps or summer school programs that take place at Hanofee Park or Liberty Middle School are welcome to visit either location for a free meal.

For additional information, please contact the district’s business office at (845) 292-6171.

Post navigation