Spanish class learns traditions, cultural importance, of Dia de los Muertos

sugar skulls and a cake
Students in Ms. Canola’s Spanish class decorated sugar skulls and a traditional pan de muerto.

Students in Ms. Canola’s Grade 8 Spanish class learned the cultural significance of Dia de los Muertos, an important Mexican holiday dedicated to the remembrance of family and friends who have died.

The rituals and celebrations associated with Dia de los Muertos begin Oct. 31 and continue through Nov. 2.
The class created sugar skulls – which signify the sweetness of life –  made cookies, and decorated a pan de muerto, the celebration’s traditional cake.

One liners help communication at LMS

The Problem: How can school staff and teachers communicate their expectations to students quickly and consistently?

The Solution: One liners

One Liners are universal phrases used at Liberty Middle School to remind students of  behavioral expectations while in school. Click on any of the quoted titles below to see a YouTube video of the one-liner in action.

Get in, Get Out” means to use the bathroom for its intended purpose and move on.

Right side” reminds the students to walk on the right side of the hall.  This allows traffic to move smoothly throughout the school.

The office needs you” is used when students are on their cell phones in school.  Cell phones are not permitted to be used between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Walk and Talk” reminds the students that they can have a conversation while walking to class.

Language” is used to remind the students that appropriate language should be used at all times

Off and Away” reminds the students that hoods, hats, and headphones are not allowed at Liberty Middle School and must be put away immediately.

Walking” reminds the students that they should walk and not run in the halls. It also tells students to stay on the right side of the hall as they walk through the building.


Deadline: Chromebook insurance for MS, HS

Picture of Lenovo ChromebookDeadline: October 31, 2019

Each student at LMS and LHS will receive a Chromebook for use in the classroom. Students will be responsible for the loss of the Chromebook or damage to it. Insurance is available for only $28 a year per unit. The cost of replacing the Chromebook is $270. Parents of middle and high school students should go to to buy the insurance or opt out.

To purchase insurance, parents will need a credit card to pay for the insurance. The student’s school e-mail and student id number are also required. The deadline for the purchase of insurance is October 31, 2019.

Below is a list of the coverage:


Accidental Damage (Drops & Spills)
Cracked Screen
Liquid Submersion
Fire, Flood & Natural Disaster
Power Surge By Lightning
Theft & Vandalism

Not Covered

Manufacture Defect & Mechanical Failure
Standard Wear & Tear
Cosmetic Damage
Unexplained Loss

Athletes register using Family ID, help available

If you need assistance with Family ID, support will be provided on August 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 313 of the high school. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to come to our support opportunity or to call Mr. Bianco, the athletic director, at 292-5400 extension 2013. You may also e-mail Mr. Bianco at

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 230.

LMS 2019-20 classroom supply lists available

Mr. Franke’s and Mrs. Merkle’s Supply List

  • Spelling- Marble Composition Notebook (wide rule), pocket folder
  • Reading – Marble Composition Notebook (wide rule), pocket folder
  • Writing- pocket folder, marble composition notebook
  • Math- 1″ binder, 1 pocket folder
  • Social Studies- 1″ Binder
  • Science- 1″ binder, 1 pocket folder
  • 3 packages Loose-Leaf paper- wide rule
  • 2 dozen Pencils (Number 2) No Mechanical Pencils, No Pens!
  • Erasers
  • 2 Highlighters (any color)
  • 1 box of 8 colored pencils
  • 2 large box of tissues
  • A zip case that is easy to carry (optional)

Mr. Herbek’s and Mrs. Housman’s Supply List

  • Spelling/Reading 1 inch binder
  • Writing- pocket folder
  • Social Studies- 1 inch binder 1 pocket folder
  • Science- 1 inch binder
  • 3 packages Loose-Leaf paper- wide rule
  • 3 dozen Pencils (Number 2) No Mechanical Pencils, No Pens!
  • 1 Magazine Holder (cardboard) ELA/SS
  • Erasers
  • Pencil Sharpener (with casing)
  • 2 Highlighters (any color)
  • 1 box of 8 colored pencils
  • 3 large box of tissues
  • A zip case that is easy to carry (optional)

Mrs. Skelly’s and Mrs. Sarigiannis’ Supply List

  • 3 Two-Inch Three Ring Binders (1) for ELA and SS, (1) Math and (1) Science
  • 4 Marble Composition Notebooks (wide ruled) for ELA and Social Studies
  • 2 Two-Pocket Folders
  • 3 packages of sharpened No. 2 Pencils (No mechanical pencils, please)
  • 1 package each of green pens and blue or black erasable pens
  • 2 hand-held pencil sharpeners with receptacle to catch shavings
  • 1 zip pencil case that clips into the math binder
  • 1 zip pencil case that is easy to carry
  • 1 small box of colored pencils, markers, highlighters and a glue stick
  • 1 large box of tissues
  • Loose-leaf paper (wide ruled)
  • 2 packages of Post-it Notes (3in. x 3in.)
  • 1 package of small index cards

Grade 6 Supply List

  • ELA and Social Studies
    • 1 binder (2 or 2 Yz inch rings) – NO Trapper keepers
    • 12 dividers
    • 3 plastic folders
    • 4 marble/composition notebooks
    • Post It notes (3×3 and 1 Yz x2)
  • Math and Science
    • 1 marble notebook (non-spiral)
    • 1 folder
    • 1 pack of graph paper
    • 1 package dividers
    • Index cards
  • Physical Education
    • sneakers
    • shorts
    • T-shirt
    • sweatshirt
  • Additional
    • 1 pencil case
    • 2 or more packages of loose leaf
    • At least 2 dozen pencils
    • Extra erasers
    • 2 handheld pencil sharpeners with cap for shavings
    • Glue sticks
    • Safety scissors
    • 1 ruler
    • Pens (blue/black)
    • Highlighters
    • Colored pencils
    • 1-2 boxes tissues
    • Package of wipes
    • 1 gallon size Ziploc bag
    • Encore folders

Grade 7/8 Math Supply List

  • Grade 7 Math
    • 1.5 in binder
    • Divide
    • Pencils
    • Scientific Calculator (TI-30X IIS)
    • 3-hole pencil case for binder
  • Grade 8 Math
    • 1.5 in binder
    • Dividers
    • Pencils
    • Scientific Calculator (TI-30X IIS)
    • 3-hole pencil case for binder
  • Algebra
    • 1.5 in binde
    • Dividers
    • Pencils
    • 2 one subject notebooks
    • 3-hole pencil case for binder
  • Algebra 1A
    • 1.5 in binder
    • Dividers
    • Pencils
    • 2 one subject notebooks
    • 3-hole pencil case for binder

Grade 7/8 ELA, Social Studies and Science Supply Lists

    • Ms. DeMayo – ELA
      • Headphones
      • l” Binder
      • Loose Leaf Paper
      • Dividers
      • Pens/Pencils
      • Folder
      • Composition Notebook
    • Ms. Martin – Math
      • 2″ Binder
      • Dividers
      • Pencils
      • Scientific Calculator Tl-30X 115
    • Mr. Wheeler – Social Studies
      • Three Ring Binder
      • Pens/Pencils
      • Highlighters
      • Pocket Folder
    • Mrs. Rosado – ELA
      • 1 Composition Notebook or 1 Subject Notebook
      • Highlighters
      • Post-Its
      • 2″ Binder
      • Loose Leaf Paper
      • Pens – blue or black ink
      • 1-2 Tissue Boxes
      • Package of Wipes
    • Mr. McGinn – Liv. Env.
      • 3-Ring Binder
      • Book cover
      • Loose Leaf Pa per
      • 2 Dozen #2 Pencils
      • Extra Erasers
      • 1 Dozen Pens
      • 1 Pocket Folder
    • Mr. McGinn – Science
      • 3-Ring Binder
      • 2 Dozen #2 Pencils
      • 1 Dozen Pens
      • 1 Pocket folder
    • Mr. Putnam – ELA
      • 3-Ring Binder
      • Loose Leaf Paper
      • Pens and/or pencils
      • Pocket folder
      • Page Dividers (optional)

New Athletic Director appointed

A man in a white shirt stands in front of red bleachers
Peter Bianco, Liberty’s new Athletic Director.

On Tuesday, July 30, the Board of Education appointed a new Athletic Director, Peter Bianco. Mr. Bianco will serve the Liberty Central School District as the Athletic Director, a physical education teacher and the Director of Physical Education and Health.

Mr. Bianco spent the last five years at York Prep in Manhattan as the Athletic Director, head of the Physical Education Department, a teacher and a coach. He was appointed the President of the Independent Schools Athletic League in 2017. Mr. Bianco is also Certified Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

Mr. Bianco’s love for athletics drove him to seek employment in the field after college. He worked his way up the ranks at the Parisi Speed School, where he eventually became the training director. Later, he accepted a position at the East Harlem School at Exodus House as the Athletic Director, a physical education teacher, and a coach for soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. He is also certified by the American Sport Education Program as a Youth Coach and is a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.

He conducted his undergraduate studies at Springfield College where he obtained a degree in Physical Education with a minor in Athletic Coaching. He also played on the men’s soccer team. His passion for athletics resulted in his obtaining a Master’s degree in Athletic Administration from Ohio University.

Peter and his wife Meagan live in Highland, NY. They are the proud parents of a son, Luke, born in December 2018. He likes to spend his free time cooking, playing golf and attending sporting events.

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.

Students interview author via Skype

Liberty Middle School students got the chance to meet author Tui Sutherland via Skype on May 13. Tui is the author of 40+ books for children and teens, ranging in age from sticker books and easy-to-reads to middle-grade and young adult novels. Her latest series, Wings of Fire, is a big epic ten-book dragon fantasy.

LMS provides Warm Feet for Warriors

Teacher stands with sock drive donations

When Wayne Bank’s Liberty Branch Specialist, Kim Murphy volunteered to attend the Liberty Middle School Career Day, students and staff from the school decided to return the favor.

After the Career Day that Wayne Bank attended, they thought we might want to reciprocate and support Wayne Bank’s ‘Warm Feet for Warriors’ sock drive.

The school put flyers around the school; Wayne Bank put flyers in their branches. The socks started coming in, many times in multi-packs. The school counted over one hundred pairs.

The socks will soon sent to Soldiers’ Angels for distribution to current service members and veterans.

Learn more about the NYSED Parent Dashboard

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is developing a Parent Dashboard to increase transparency and make information about school performance and other school-level data easier for parents and the public to access. This is part of New York’s ESSA plan.

NYSED is gathering feedback from parents and stakeholders to guide the work of developing the Parent Dashboard. NYSED will use this feedback to identify the data that is most useful to parents and the public.

Click here to review frequently asked questions and watch a brief video about the Parent dashboard. 

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