LPHS Parent Newsletter

February 2021

Dear Slicer Families,

We welcomed back our students in person on January 19th and it was wonderful to have them back in the building! Congratulations to our students and families for completing the first semester.

In February we have lSTEP testing for all juniors. Please read the important information contained in this newsletter for additional details. The February newsletter also highlights the following: our makeup picture day, the COVID spread level guidelines, Financial Aid Night, inclement weather guidelines, senior quotes deadline, a WiFi hotspot location at LPHS, and important dates for the remainder of the school year. If you have any important news to share about our students and/or faculty please email me at calber@lpcsc.k12.in.us and I can highlight it in future communications.

Let's have a wonderful month.

Once A Slicer, Always A Slicer!

Mr. Alber, Ed.S.


ISTEP Schedule for Juniors

Attention Junior class students and parents:

This announcement is for Junior class students only. Last spring, because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the Indiana Department of Education cancelled the 10th grade ISTEP. This year, the IDOE has made it mandatory to administer the ISTEP to all junior students in February of 2021. This ISTEP is mandatory for all junior class students. In order to meet the graduation qualification all juniors must take the ISTEP in February. This mandatory testing includes in-person and online students. Online students will have to arrange rides to and from the ISTEP testing dates. The ISTEP testing will be held @ 7:40 am in the LPHS cafeteria on the following dates: Tuesday, Feb. 2 (pick up time 9:30 am), Thursday, Feb. 4, Tuesday, Feb. 9, Wednesday, Feb. 10, Thursday, Feb. 11, Tuesday, Feb. 16, and Wednesday, 17th. Online students can be dropped off and picked up between 7:30 -7:35 at the I Street main entrance. Test ending times will vary. We will let online students know the ending times of each day when they arrive on Feb. 2nd. The IDOE does not allow for remote testing, all testing must be completed in-person. As a school, according to the IDOE, we must test at least 95% of our junior class so please understand that this test is mandatory. If you have questions you may call La Porte High School prior to the testing dates. The schedule is provided below.

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Congratulations Taylor!

Congratulations to Taylor Higley on her 7th place finish at the IHSGW State Finals. She earned the distinction of being the first 'placed' winner in Slicer girls wrestling history.
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Facebook Updates

Please check our Facebook page for updates. We have uploaded our videos from August reminding students and parents about rules and expectations regarding safety procedures. You can access these videos at the link below.


Thank you to Miss Parker and the Public Relations Team for updating our Facebook page.

Senior Technical Communications

Many of our seniors in Senior Technical Communications virtually presented their final projects to members of the community in January. They were working all semester and we are proud of their efforts!

Thank you to Mrs. Cooper and Mrs. LaRose for organizing everything and to all the community members who volunteered their time to listen and give feedback to our students.

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eLearning Day February 3rd

On Wednesday, February 3rd students will have an eLearning Day. The assignments will be posted by 9am and due the following Friday by 8:00 a.m. Teachers will have office hours from 10:00-11:00 and 12:45-2:45. There will be pre-recorded lessons and not live Zoom instruction during the eLearning Day.

Important Dates

Here are important dates left in this school year:

Feb 2-17 ISTEP for Juniors

Feb 3 eLearning/Professional Development Day for teachers

Feb 15 No School/President's Day

Feb 17 Makeup picture day

Mar 3 eLearning/Professional Development Day for teachers

Mar 19 End of third grading period

Apr 2 No School/Good Friday

Apr 5-9 No School/Spring Break

May 31 No School/Memorial Day

June 7 Last Student Day (Due to school canceled on January 4th)

June 10 Commencement (Graduation) at Kiwanis Field

Slicer Shoutouts!

One parent complimented Mrs. Callahan:

I am reaching out to share a wonderful experience I have had with a teacher at LPHS! Without going into a lot of detail and typing you a novel, I would like to let you know that Kathleen Callahan has been extremely kind and helpful with our son. She has gone way above and beyond to offer her assistance, office hours, and work with his assigned SRT teacher to make sure she can help him recover from a bad semester. She has been kind when he hasn't necessarily "earned" the kindness. She has been gracious in allowing him many opportunities to improve. She has really taken him under her wing and took extra time yesterday for the two of them to conference call with me to let me know what our plan is moving forward for him. I don't know how she juggles all of the responsibilities and still makes time for students that need one on one help and just need a person that is watching out for them, but we feel extremely fortunate to have her involved with his educational experience.

I feel like she has made such a positive impact on him that we have (maybe) turned a corner in making him more responsible for his own path during high school. And as you know, as a parent, this makes our home life much more pleasant as well. Way to go, Mrs. Callahan!

Another parent complimented Mrs. Lebo:

Talk about an educator going above and beyond the classroom. Mrs. Lebo delivered or picked up art projects for students that for some reason could not pick up their projects or have someone pick them up for them. Driving not only in-town but to Kingsbury and Kingsford Heights. She cares about her students! Way to go, Mrs. Lebo!

Makeup Pictures

If you missed the first three days of school or the makeup photography date in the Fall we will offer it again on February 17th from 8:00-3:00. We need online students to come in during that window as well. Please contact Miss Parker at eparker@lpcsc.k12.in.us if you have any questions.

Senior Quotes

Last call for senior quotes! The link for the senior quotes is https://forms.gle/zSXLZGrWvSWtxBhq7. We will keep that open until the end of February.

WiFi hotspot at LPHS

Attention Slicer Families,

LPHS will now have WiFi hotspots accessible from the parking lot. These wireless access points are an extension of our current wireless network and will work with our school-based chromebooks automatically without prompting for any connection information. The map below indicates the area our WiFi is accessible between our Performing Arts Center and the Natatorium.

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Parent Inclement Weather Guide

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Financial Aid Night Wednesday, January 27th

Seniors, please share the following information with your parents/guardians:

INvestEd will be available virtually on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 from 6:45-8pm CST, to assist seniors and families with filling out and submitting the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Families should have tax and income information for both the student and parents on hand. INvestEd will also discuss the steps to take after filing the FAFSA and answer questions about the verification process, college award letters, and smart funding options.

Click on the link below to join the workshop!

Registration Link: https://live.remo.co/e/laporte-high-school-virtual-fafs

Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen, please share the following with your parents/guardians:

INvestEd will join LaPorte High School online via Zoom on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 6pm CST, to talk with families about planning for college. Choosing the right major & college, searching for scholarships, & the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are some of the topics that will be covered.

Click on the link below, you’ll be directed to the INvestEd Zoom Event Registration page. After you fill out the short registration form, you’ll be automatically approved and provided the specific Zoom link for the evening’s presentation.

Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYpfuyorj8jGdTS5PTVZAXjbXvQC3FfyLUh