Camp Invention returns to Liberty this summer!

a student looks over a small robot
A student builds a small robot at Camp Invention. This summer enrichment program returns to Liberty in August 2020.

Camp Invention is returning to Liberty Central School District!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Liberty High School will again offer the nationally acclaimed Camp Invention program to students entering grades K through 6.

This exciting, weeklong summer adventure provides lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Students rotate through several hands-on activities each day while using teamwork, creative thinking and problem-solving skills to invent unique solutions to real-world challenges.

The week begins Aug. 17, 2020 with Liberty Makerspace teacher Tamika Terry serving as director of the all-new 2020 program, Elevate!

During Camp Invention, young innovators will:

  • Build a cityscape out of upcycled materials, navigate planes through a storm and take apart a robot they’ll bring home at the end of the program.
  • Learn the value of their creativity as they sketch and build prototypes, design logos, market their invention and protect their intellectual property.
  •  Collaborate and discover solutions to protect the Earth’s ecosystems as they compete in zipline races, explore energy conservation and help wildlife habitats.
  • Discover the great inventors behind their favorite sports, play high-energy games and design the ultimate sports complex.

Camp Invention’s activities give participants the opportunity to explore, create and build confidence as they bring their biggest ideas to life.

Local educators facilitate the program and enthusiastic high school students serve as Leadership Interns, ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register online by visiting the Camp Investion website or call 800-968-4332. Use promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires March 31) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires May 12) off the $235 registration fee.

Wall of Fame Committee seeks nominations for 2020 induction

The Liberty Wall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2020 induction ceremony.

The Wall of Fame provides a wonderful opportunity to honor and celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of Liberty alumni. 

The distinguished men and women previously named to the Wall of Fame represent an extraordinary range of personal and professional achievements and serve as role models to our students.  Their personal accomplishments in an array of careers and endeavors exemplify what can be attained through initiative and commitment.

The 2020 inductee will be invited to a reception held just prior to the Liberty High School 2020 graduation commencement and will be introduced during the graduation ceremony. A plaque for each inductee is on permanent display in the Liberty High School lobby.

Nomination Process

Anyone may nominate a Liberty alumnus for this distinction by submitting a Wall of Fame nomination application. The deadline to submit nominations has been extended until Feb. 29.

The Wall of Fame Selection Committee will review the nominations and determine the new inductees to the Liberty Wall of Fame. All information discussed is kept confidential. A deceased alumni may also be nominated.

The selection committee is made up of five to nine volunteers representing the Liberty community, including school district staff, alumni, and community and board of education members.

Meet our December Students of the Month and Liberty Pride Citizenship Award winners!

Congratulations to this month’s Liberty Middle School Student of the Month and Liberty Pride Citizenship Award recipients.

Fantastic job everyone! You make us all Liberty Proud!

Student of the Month

  • Grade 8: Benjamin Visconti
  • Grade 7: Kaitlyn Bodolosky
  • Grade6: Justin Simon
  • Grade 5: Mariely Medina Orellana

Liberty Pride Citizenship Award

  • Grade 8 : Mia Barragan
  • Grade 7: Ariel Baum
  • Grade 6: Carmela Burgio
  • Grade 5: Isabella Hodny

Good News Referral recipients

  • Derick Aliers Amparo
  • Sophia Avellino
  • Brittany Cardenas
  • Adrianna Curry
  • Aubrey Curry
  • Cristino Flores
  • Jordan Patterson Scott
  • Kasey Turcios Mejia
  • Sincere Warren
  • Aaliyah Williams

It’s flu season: A guide for parents

The new year has brought with it a spike in flu cases, and health officials warn that this flu season could be the worst in years.

In New York, there was a 74 percent increase in confirmed cases of influenza – “the flu” – over the recent holidays, with 9,200 cases reported to the New York State Department of Health for the week ending Dec. 28, bringing the statewide total to 22,800 cases this season.

Infants and young children are at greater risk for getting seriously ill from the flu. That’s why the Department of Health recommends that all children 6 months and older get the flu vaccine.

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is an infection of the nose, throat, and lungs. The flu can spread from person to person. The flu comes on suddenly. Most people with the flu feel very tired and have a fever, headache, dry cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, sore muscles, and and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea. The cough can last two or more weeks.

Most people with the flu are sick for about a week, and then they feel better. But, some people, especially young children, pregnant women, older people, and people with chronic health problems, can get very sick

Protect your child

Flu shots can be given to children 6 months and older.

Health experts advice that parents and guardians should get the flu vaccine for themselves and encourage thier child’s close contacts to get the flu vaccine, too. This is very important if your child is younger than 5, or has a chronic health problem such as asthma or diabetes. Because children under 6 months can’t be vaccinated they rely on those around them to get an annual flu vaccine.

Wash your hands often and cover your coughs and sneezes. It’s best to use a tissue and quickly throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands. This will prevent the spread of germs.

Tell children to:

  • Stay away from people who are sick
  • Clean hands often
  • Keep their hands away from their face
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, or to cough into their sleeve, not their hand
  • Throw tissues in the trash after they are used.
  • Proper hand washing
  • Wash your children’s hands with soap and water. Wash them for as long as it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice.
  • If soap and water are not handy, use hand sanitizer. It should be rubbed into hands until the hands are dry.

How does the flu spread?

People who have the flu usually cough, sneeze and have a runny nose. The droplets in a cough, sneeze or runny nose contain the flu virus. Other people can get the flu by breathing in these droplets or by getting them in their nose or mouth.

Most healthy adults may be able to spread the flu from one day before getting sick to up to 5 days after getting sick. This can be longer in children and in people people with weaker immune systems.

What if my child seems sick?

Contact your doctor if you think your child is sick.

Seek emergency care or take your child to a doctor immediately if your child has any of these warning or emergency signs:

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing
  • Bluish or gray skin color
  • Not drinking enough fluids (not going to the bathroom or making as much urine)
  • Severe or persistent vomiting
  • Not waking up or not interacting
  •  Symptoms improve, but then return with fever and worse cough

Can my child go to school with the flu?

No. Children with the flu should be isolated in the home, away from other people. They should also stay home until they have no fever without the use of fever-control medicines and they feel well for 24 hours.

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Liberty Middle School designation rises to “Good Standing”

Thanks to the hard work of Liberty Middle School teachers, staff, administrators, parents and, most especially, the students, the Middle School has joined Liberty Elementary as a “School in Good Standing” with the New York State Education Department.

The Education Department this week confirmed that the Middle School has successfully attained the improved designation. In 2019, the Middle School was designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, meaning that too many students were underperforming.

“This is terrific news and testament to the hard work of our administrators and teachers,” said Liberty Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore.

The designations are largely based on student performance on New York State’s annual English Language Arts and Math assessments, which are taken by students in grades 3-8. Other factors include academic progress, absenteeism, graduation rates, and English language proficiency.

Student data is further divided into 10 subgroups: all students, American Indian and Alaska Native; African American; Hispanic or Latino; Asian; White; Multiracial; English language learners; students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students.

The designations assigned to districts and schools are:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving.
    School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any underperforming student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School: Has at least one low-performing student subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School: Has an “all students” subgroup with underperformance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a graduation rate below 67 percent.

Liberty High School’s designation as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, remained unchanged.

TSI designated schools are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan which identifies needs and evidence-based intervention solutions and seek input from parents, staff and students through an annual survey.

“Our administrators and faculty continue to develop new curricula and provide targeted professional development to ensure that all our Liberty students achieve at their highest level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and feel ready for the world of college or careers,” Dr. Tornatore said.

For more information on how the designations are determined, visit the State Education Department’s website.

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

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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:

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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.

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.


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)

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