LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 7, Issue 26; March 20, 2020

School Closing Schedule

Monday, March 16th - Friday, April 3rd: COVID-19 Closing

Monday, April 6th-Friday, April 17th: Spring Break Recess

Friday, May 22nd and Monday, May 25th: Memorial Day Recess


The Lake Placid School District would like to thank EVERYONE for their generous donations to our backpack food program. Our first delivery went out on Thursday and included all of the food donated by members of our community, as well as fresh produce that was donated by ORDA and Northwood School.

If you would still like to donate, we are accepting gift cards to Hannaford, Price Chopper and Aldi in any denomination. This will allow families to grab other items like diapers, baby food, meats, produce and needed cleaning supplies.

Again, THANK YOU for supporting our students and for your understanding as we navigate these challenging times.

Coronavirus Update as of 3/17/20

Our teachers have been working hard designing ongoing at home school instruction and will be communicating through email with students. If a student has questions or concerns about a specific subject, they should contact their teacher directly.

Although the school building is closed, school is not. The expectation is that students will do work on a daily basis. Each teacher will communicate through email their academic expectations. Please remind your student(s) to check their school email daily while school is closed. We will be sending updates through their school Gmail. If your child needs a Chromebook, please contact Theresa Lindsay at tlindsay@lpcsd.org or Tammy Casey at tcasey@lpcsd.org to make arrangements.

Our technology support team is also available to help. If you have a technology question, your child can submit an IT ticket by emailing studentIT@LPCSD.org and providing a description of what the issue is. The IT team will respond as quickly as they can.

The uncertainty of the COVID-19 virus and social distancing can be stressful and anxiety provoking. Our counselors will be available via telephone or the internet if you need to speak to them. PLEASE, do not hesitate to contact them. Additional contact information is included in this packet.

Remember to check daily for updates to the MS/HS “At Home Learning Info Document” found when you click the "Ongoing Updates of COVID-19 Situation” banner on the school website.

Adirondack Educational Center Students

Adirondack Educational Center students; please check your postal mailbox as AEC mailed you paper copies of the work that you will need on 3/19/20. If you have not received something by Tuesday, March 24th, please email Mrs. Casey at tcasey@lpcsd.org

Dr. Miller's Positive Psychology Corner

Turn Off the Noise

I am writing this sitting in my “home office", which is a makeshift set up by a window in a spare room. It is almost incomprehensible how much life has changed in just the last few days. It will take a little bit of time to wrap our minds around our new normal. Last night my wife and I were watching the national news in order to stay up-to-date. Some reporter came on and immediately began to produce fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. It was in the tone and volume of his voice. The sensational, over the top, scary words he used, his mannerisms. I left the room. I prefer facts delivered in a calm way. I went outdoors and stood there for a little while. It was quiet and still for the most part, except for the first time this year, I heard a robin singing! At first, I thought to myself, “stupid robin, what did that robin come back so early for?”. As I listened though, the negativity began to lift from my mind. I called my wife to come out and listen. The robin was a reminder to be hopeful. Better days will come. This, too, shall pass. In the meantime, we have to take care of ourselves. One way we can do that right away is to limit the incoming sensationalism about COVID-19. Yes, we all need to stay informed, but we don’t need to tune in to the media frenzy, which is right in our faces 24-7. Get your facts, then go outside and see if you can hear a robin.

Check out Dr. Miller's coping support page here. His site has information and links to pages to help with general coping strategies and tips on managing stress and worry.

Childcare for "Essential Workers"

We know that the COVID-19 crisis and closing of school has caused many disruptions for our families, particularly related to finding adequate childcare. We are currently working with the FEH BOCES to assist families of essential health care workers and first responders to find open childcare placements with local county and current licensed daycare providers. Essential health care workers may include physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs, nurse assistants, or lab personnel. First responders may include paramedics, EMTs, police officers, and firefighters. If you are an essential health care worker or first responder and need assistance with childcare, please call 518-483-6420 option 9, or send an email to childcare@mail.fehb.org

A look into a few At Home Learning activities

9th Grade looks for HAPPY current event headlines:

"Space-grown lettuce to give astronauts a more varied die"
“King of Bhutan celebrated his 40th birthday by asking citizens to plant trees or adopt an animal”.
"In a “bizarre” biological twist, a mother lion adopts a leopard cub in India"
"A Syrian table-tennis whiz qualified for the Olympics; she's 11"

Below are photos of other things going on at home this week. Click on each picture for more insight.

At Home Learning

At home learning information for the Middle/High School can be found here. Please don't forget if your student has any questions or concerns on a specific subject, please email their teacher directly.

Check out a great article here written by the Adirondack Daily Enterprise, featuring senior Anne Smith regarding distance learning.

High School Counseling News!

Wednesday, March 25th: SAT School Day----has been POSTPONED. A future date will be announced when available.

Blue Bomber Weekly News Episode #27

Sweetheart & Superheroes Parent Video

Click the link below to check out video #13 of the Sweetheart & Superheroes video series.

Video #13: The Hosts Perspective

Volunteer Opportunities!!!

Please email Mrs. McConvey at pmcconvey@lpcsd.org in the library for any upcoming opportunities.

**Please note Community Service forms are now available online on the school's website. Check it out at the link below.**

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Information from your friendly school nurse Cora

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What You Need To Know About Handwashing
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Board of Education News

The Lake Placid Central School District announces the polling hours for the budget vote will be from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on May 19, 2020. The time change from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. is necessitated due to the Essex County voting machines not being available for the Annual School District Meeting and Election.

It is anticipated that the Board of Education will adopt the final budget on March 31, 2020 or April 20, 2020.

Community members may submit questions they would like the Board to address during their work sessions by email to lpdistrictclerk@lpcsd.org or during the regular Board of Education meetings during the Good of the Cause. The Board of Education meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Board of Education Meeting Dates 2019-20

The LPCSD Board of Education meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month in the Board Room of the District Office unless otherwise noted.

Board meetings have been and will continue to be streamed live. Executive Order 202.1 – Article 7 of the Public Officers Law allows for the school board to meet without permitting in public in-person access to meetings. As such, any comments slated for the Good of the Cause can be emailed to lpdistrictclerk@lpcsd.org. Emails will be read during the portion of the Good of the Cause.

Our Board meetings are streamed live at: http://www.lpcsd.org/ Click on “live stream”

Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

March 31, 2020

April 21, 2020- BOCES Budget Vote

May 5, 2020- Budget Hearing Wilmington

May 12, 2020-Budget Hearing Lake Placid

May 19, 2020-Budget Vote

June 2, 2020

June 16, 2020

July 7, 2020

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