Winter athletic season faces another delay

The winter sports season has been delayed to at least January 19, 2021, by Section IX. The letter below from Liberty’s Athletic director, Peter Bianco, is being sent to all high school and middle school students.

The entire coaching staff at Liberty wants you to know that we are doing our best to see that there is a winter sports season. We know how important this is to so many of our students. Contact your coaches to find out about off-season workouts or if you have any questions.

November 25, 2020

Dear Liberty Community,

I want to take a moment and say thank you for all your patience and understanding as information continues to evolve in regards to the start of Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Modified Athletics for this school year.

As always, our first and foremost priority is to ensure the safety of our student athletes at Liberty. Athletics had been anticipated to start on November 30, 2020 with Low and Moderate Risk Sports, however, as the present data and projections surrounding COVID-19 continue to evolve,
Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) has decided to put all official Athletic participation on hold until at least January 19, 2021.

There has been a noticeable uptick in COVID 19 cases in all of our communities, which led OCIAA to make this determination. Please note that this decision was a difficult one, but deemed necessary as new data becomes available.

Off-season workouts will still be available to Liberty students wishing to be involved. Coaches have worked hard to create a safe environment to keep our students at Liberty active through this time of uncertainty.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Enjoy your holiday and have a pleasant Thanksgiving.


Yours in Sport,

Peter Bianco, CAA
Athletic Director

Updated student expectations for virtual learning begin Nov. 5

Our students and teachers are becoming experts at virtual learning, and we’re proud of how everyone has adapted and adjusted to this new way of attending classes.

To make the learning experience even better, we’ve updated the Student Expectations for Virtual Learning. These new protocols go into effect Thursday, Nov. 5.

Student Expectations for Virtual Learning

  • Students are expected to show their video and be visible for every class unless otherwise indicated by their teacher. Find directions for How to Blur Your Background here
  • Students cannot enter a class’ virtual session until the scheduled time and must exit once the period is over (or as soon as the teacher ends the session).
  • Students should not attend a virtual session in a private location (i.e. bedroom).
  • Sessions may not be recorded.
  • Class sessions are for students, not family and friends.
  • Students are to stay on mute until the teacher directs them to unmute.
  • Students are to be prepared as if they are physically present.
  • Students are to stay engaged, be an active listener, and contribute.
  • Students are to be respectful in all chats and other types of digital correspondence.
  • Chat should be used for school based language/conversation only.
  • Students are to be respectful during class. Listen to the teacher and your classmates.
  • Students are to use the virtual class sessions to learn new materials, revisit assignments and ask for help.
  • If a student witnesses a classmate not meeting an expectation, they are to notify the teacher immediately.
  • Students are to follow the Code of Conduct as if they are in school.

Attn. Athletes: Physicals due by Nov. 30 start of winter sports

All athletes must have an up-to-date physical before participating in the anticipated winter sports season, which is scheduled to start on Nov. 30.

At Liberty, we urge you to schedule an appointment with your family doctor. If you need assistance with obtaining a physical, please contact your school building’s nurse before Nov. 2.

If you were able to get a physical examination within the last year, please send the proper documentation to your building nurse.

At the High School

Mrs. Shortall
845-292-5400 ext. 2016

At the Middle School

Ms. Kavleski
845-292-5400 ext. 2316

Welcome back to the MIDDLE SCHOOL! Here’s a look at what an in-school day will be like.

There have been a lot of changes at the Liberty Middle School this summer as a result of the COVID-19 public health situation. When students return to the school building in September, class sizes will be smaller, masks will be required and temperatures will be checked.

That’s just a few examples of how we’re working to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Please watch our Return to the Middle School Presentation to  learn more about the start of the 2020-21 school year and the reopening of the Middle School.




NYSPHSAA Delays Fall Sports Start Date

Schools in New York State just received word that the beginning of the fall sports season will be delayed until at least September 21. This decision was made by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association and all schools must abode by this decision. More changes may occur and you can stay updated through this website or the Facebook page.

Part of the NYSPHSAA announcement read as follows:

The Officers of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA), voted to delay the official start date of the Fall 2020 sports season, cancel the Fall 2020 Regional and State Championships and prepare to implement a condensed season schedule in January 2021 if high school sports remain prohibited throughout 2020 due to COVID-19.  This decision comes at the recommendation of the NYSPHSAA COVID-19 Task Force when they convened as a working group for the third time this morning.

“As the state considers reopening, it is unrealistic to believe athletic seasons can start on August 24thas originally scheduled,” said Paul Harrica, NYSPHSAA President. “The priority will continue to be on the educational process and a return to learning in the safest way possible.”

The NYSPHSAA Officers’ decision includes:

• Delay Fall sports start date until Monday, September 21st (NYSPHSAA PAUSE)

• Cancel Fall Regional and State Championship events

• Waive seven-day practice rule

• Maintain current practice requirements

• Encourage geographic scheduling for games & contests

• Schools would have the option, if permitted by state officials, to offer off-season conditioning workouts.

Click the link to find out more about the fall sports delay.


Additional Resources

The Liberty Central School District is committed to providing educational resources for our students during this time away from school.
Here, our teachers share some helpful educational links to enhance at-home learning during the extended school closure.

Remote Learning with Google

Google Meet/Hangout Etiquette

  • When you enter the Meet/Hangout, mute yourself.
  • When you have a question, type in the textbox and wait for your teacher to call on you.
  • When you have something to contribute to the discussion but it is not your turn, use the chat feature in the right-hand corner. Wait for the teacher to call on you. Then unmute yourself.
  • Only one student should contribute/talk at a time
  • Look into the camera when you are talking.
  • Stay attentive when the teacher or other students are speaking.

The LCSD Media Centers and Libraries

  • SORA: Access ebooks and audiobooks from the Liberty Central School District’s media centers. (Use the Technology Resources for Students Shared Drive to retrieve login information)
    Ms. Jill Parks, our Middle School Librarian, created this terrific SORA tutorial to show you around the site.

All Grade Levels

  • Khan Academy:  With a mission to provide a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere, Khan Academy offers daily schedules and academic exercises in an exhaustive range of subjects for students ages 2-18.
  • ReadWorks: Content and at-home curriculum to strengthen reading comprehension for grades K-12.
  • WNET-NY/Public Television: PBS has ramped up its educational offerings for all grades in subjects from reading to science to the arts.
  • PBS Resources for Emergency Closings:  A curated collection of resources organized by grade and subject area created by PBS LearningMedia producers and educators. For Spanish language content, visit Recursos de PreK-12 para Cierres de Emergencia.


Middle School

  • LCS Makerspace and Technology: Mrs. Terry, Mrs. Treible and Mrs. Parks have created a digital Makerspace, where you’ll find exciting ideas for your next project.
  • Scholastic Magazine : Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • High School

  • Scholastic Magazine: Projects for students in PreK-Grade 9 to keep them learning, thinking and growing.
  • Test Preparation

LMS End-of-year letter

Dear Liberty Middle School Families,

I hope this letter finds you well.  This has truly been a year like no other, and together we are finding our way through to the fast-approaching end of the school year.  My thanks go out to you for your patience and support over the past few months, as the teachers and administrators developed a plan for the fourth quarter and end of the school year.  Your participation during this time has been a great help to your children, to the teachers and staff of LMS.  We couldn’t have done it without you! I would like to share some important end-of-the-year information with you;

Instruction:   Online instruction will end on June 16, 2020.  Students will be allowed to make-up missed assignments until June 18, 2020.  Teachers will wrap up with their students online on June 18, 2020.  Teachers will be available to provide continued support to all students through the last day of classes on June 26, 2020.

Report Cards:  The fourth quarter marking period ends on June 16, 2020. Report cards will be mailed home during the week of June 26, 2020.  

Chromebook and Chromebook Charger Return:  As per the Acknowledgement of Receipt of District Technology Property, signed when Chromebooks were distributed, you are responsible for the return of the Chromebook and charger. We have established dates for the return of the Chromebooks by grade-level.  

Instruments & Library Book Returns:  All school issued instruments and property should be returned. This needs to be done so instruments can be cleaned, inventoried, and sent for repairs if necessary.

Student Belongings:  Some personal student belongings may have been left in classrooms (desks, lockers, etc.).  These will be distributed in conjunction with the Chromebook/Item return.  When you return the school-issued Chromebook, you will pick up student belongings.  If you did not receive a school Chromebook, use the same schedule to pick up your child’s belongings. If you have more than one child in Liberty Middle School, you can return all Chromebooks and pick up all student belongings at one time. Choose your date and time based on the grade level of one child. 


Please use the following schedule to return the school-issued Chromebooks/chargers, and to pick up student personal belongings:

Chromebook, Instrument  Return & Student Belonging Pick-Up

Times:  8:30 – 11:30 a.m. or 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. each day
Monday, June 22: Grade 5
Tuesday, June 23, 2020:  Grade 6
Wednesday, June 24, 2020:  Grade 7
Thursday, June 25:  Grade 8 (so students can have access for the Grade 8 Moving Up Slideshow)

Eighth Grade Moving Up: We will hold a virtual Eighth Grade Moving Up Ceremony.  The ceremony will be a Google SlideShow. Please look for the Eighth Grade Moving Up SlideShow on the LCSD Website beginning June 24, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact the Liberty Middle School Office at 845-292-5400 X2302.  If there is anything we can do to support you, please don’t hesitate to call.   

Be well,

Heather Cheh
Liberty Middle School Principal

Estimadas familias de Liberty Middle School:

Espero que esta carta te encuentre bien. Este ha sido realmente un año como ningún otro, y juntos estamos encontrando nuestro camino hacia el final del año escolar que se acerca rápidamente. Les agradezco su paciencia y apoyo durante los últimos meses, ya que los maestros y administradores desarrollaron un plan para el cuarto trimestre y el final del año escolar. Su participación durante este tiempo ha sido de gran ayuda para sus hijos, para los maestros y el personal de LMS. ¡No podríamos haberlo hecho sin ti! Me gustaría compartir información importante de fin de año con usted;

Instrucción: La instrucción en línea finalizará el 16 de junio de 2020. Se permitirá a los estudiantes reponer las tareas perdidas hasta el 18 de junio de 2020. Los maestros concluirán con sus estudiantes en línea el 18 de junio de 2020. Los maestros estarán disponibles para brindar apoyo continuo. a todos los estudiantes hasta el último día de clases el 26 de junio de 2020.

Boletas de calificaciones: el período de calificaciones del cuarto trimestre finaliza el 16 de junio de 2020. Las boletas de calificaciones se enviarán a casa durante la semana del 26 de junio de 2020.

Devolución del cargador de Chromebook y Chromebook: según el Reconocimiento de recibo de propiedad de tecnología del distrito, firmado cuando se distribuyeron los Chromebook, usted es responsable de la devolución del Chromebook y el cargador. Hemos establecido fechas de devolución de las Chromebooks por grado.

Instrumentos y devoluciones de libros de la biblioteca: Todos los instrumentos y bienes emitidos por la escuela deben ser devueltos. Esto debe hacerse para que los instrumentos se puedan limpiar, inventariar y enviar a reparar si es necesario.

Pertenencia de los estudiantes: algunas pertenencias personales de los estudiantes pueden haberse dejado en las aulas (escritorios, casilleros, etc.). Estos se distribuirán junto con la devolución del Chromebook / Artículo. Cuando devuelva el Chromebook emitido por la escuela, recogerá las pertenencias de los estudiantes. Si no recibió un Chromebook escolar, use el mismo horario para recoger las pertenencias de su hijo. Si tiene más de un niño en Liberty Middle School, puede devolver todos los Chromebooks y recoger todas las pertenencias de los estudiantes al mismo tiempo. Elija su fecha y hora según el nivel de grado de un niño.

Utilice el siguiente horario para devolver los Chromebooks / cargadores emitidos por la escuela; y para recoger las pertenencias personales de los estudiantes:

Chromebook, devolución de instrumentos y recogida de pertenencia de estudiantes

Horario: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. o 12:00 – 2:30 p.m. cada día
Lunes 22 de junio: Grado 5
Martes 23 de junio de 2020: Grado 6
Miércoles 24 de junio de 2020: Grado 7
Jueves, 25 de junio: 8º grado (para que los estudiantes puedan tener acceso a la Presentación de diapositivas de 8º grado)

Octavo grado de ascenso: Celebraremos una Ceremonia virtual de Octavo grado de ascenso. La ceremonia será una presentación de diapositivas de Google. Busque la presentación de diapositivas de octavo grado en el sitio web de LCSD a partir del 24 de junio de 2020 a las 6:00 p.m.

Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con la oficina de Liberty Middle School al 845-292-5400 X2302. Si hay algo que podamos hacer para ayudarlo, no dude en llamar.

Que estes bien,

Heather Cheh
Director de Liberty Middle School


Outdoor athletic facilities re-open for limited use

The Liberty High School and Liberty Middle School’s grounds and athletic fields have been re-opened for limited use to students and the community.

Please remember that social distancing protocols remain in place, and masks must be worn if social distancing cannot be practiced. District residents are welcome to use the grounds during daylight hours. The grounds will close at dusk (approximately 8:40 p.m.)

The High School basketball court and the Elementary School playground, however, remain closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

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