LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 8 , Issue 10; November 6, 2020

Upcoming School Schedule

Wednesday, November 11 - Veterans Day (no school)

Friday, November 13 - 1st Quarter Report Cards mailed home

Monday, November 23 - Parent/Teacher conferences - Half day for students (10:22 a.m. release)

Tuesday, November 24 - Early release drill (1:45 p.m. release)

Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 - Thanksgiving break (no school)

Scheduling Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 23rd via Zoom. You may call 523-2474, ext. 4019 on Thursday, November 12th, and Friday, November 13th to schedule conferences.

Backpack Program- FREE Meals for the Weekends!

The Backpack Program is back!!! If you are interested in your child receiving a bag filled with meals for their weekend (2 breakfasts, 3 dinners, snacks and bi-weekly milk & egg cards), please call the office at (518)523-2474, ext. 4001 to sign up. Bag deliveries are each Friday starting on November 6th.

Winter/Spring Sports Physicals

If your student is planning to play a winter or spring sport and they have not yet had a physical exam for this school year, please make an appointment with their regular health care provider as soon as possible! Health care providers in our area are very busy this time of year, and even more so now with additional COVID concerns, so it's important to make your appointments in advance.

While New York State waived the requirement for fall sports, going forward it is unlikely they will continue to waive it, and we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do physicals in school as we have done in the past.

If you have any questions or concerns about this, please contact athletic director John Burdick at jburdick@lakeplacidcsd.net.

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Submit Your FREE/REDUCED Meal Application Now!

All public school students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through the end of the school year, regardless of parental income. However, if you feel that you might qualify for free and reduced price meals, please submit your application to the office as soon as possible. There are other benefits to submitting this application, including waivers for college admission applications, ACT/SAT entrance fees, etc. For an application, contact Mrs. Cash in the counseling office at acash@lakeplacidcsd.net.

Grab and Go Breakfasts- Our food service staff has "Grab and Go" breakfasts available at each entrance every morning. Students will be able to grab their breakfast choice and proceed to their 1st-period class.

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Olympic Oval Skating Pass

This year the MHS will be working with ORDA to coordinate season passes for the Olympic Oval for all students in grades 6-12. The passes are $5.00 per student (cash preferred). We are also accepting donations for additional passes that can be donated to students this winter. If you are interested in purchasing or donating a pass, please see Mrs. Mayberry or Mrs. Taylor in the Main Office.

Psych Notes with Dr. Miller

Implicit Bias

I will confess; I am biased. That is not much of a confession, really. We are all biased. It is part of being human. The form of bias I am talking about is Implicit Bias, which has been studied by psychologists and other researchers for about 25 years now. Implicit bias exists below our conscious awareness but can affect our perceptions of others, our attitudes and our behavior. We rely on implicit bias to make judgements in a world in which there is often too much information coming at us at once. We can’t process it all consciously so we rely on automatic systems, and that includes implicit bias. The problem comes when implicit bias influences us to misjudge or mistreat others based on factors such as race, gender, sexual identity, age, the list goes on. This is all done very quickly, automatically, and out of consciousness, and it is often against our better judgement and conscious beliefs.

Although there is not a lot of research on how to effectively combat implicit biases, as a first step it may help to bring them to conscious awareness, then we can examine our biases rationally with the thinking part of our brain and make a plan to deal with them. So how can we identify a bias that is not conscious? One way is the Implicit Association Test (link below). Give it a try. Once we begin to work on identifying implicit biases we are on our way to reducing their effects on our perceptions, attitudes, and behaviors.

Check out this YouTube video for more information: Implicit Bias

Ready to test yourself? Implicit Association Test

2019-2020 Yearbook

Please see Mr. LaVallee and get your copy of the 2019-2020 yearbook!

Remote Learning Information

A reminder that in order to become a remote student, a conversation will need to take place between the building principal (Mrs. Casey or Ms. Lindsay), the student, and parent/guardian BEFORE being allowed to remote into classes. Please call the office at (518) 523-2474 for questions.

COVID 19 Reminders

  • Masks must be worn while at school by all students, teachers, and staff. Bandanas and neck gators are not adequate face coverings.
  • Social distancing is required. Maintaining a distance of 6 feet is required at all times.
  • Frequent hand-washing is required.

Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion

LPCSD invites interested people of all ages to join a work group on a diversity, equity and inclusion policy, sometimes referred to as a diversity policy. If you are interested in being part of this work group, please contact Board member Martha Spear at 518-946-7851 or mspear@lakeplacidcsd.net.

Volunteer Opportunities

Just a reminder that all students must have 40 hours of community service to graduate. Keep checking back for volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

  • Ecumenical Food Collection Days: See below for more information.

Don't forget, a parent/guardian can volunteer along with their student and earn double the hours toward the graduation requirement. Please see Mrs. Patti McConvey for more volunteer opportunities and don't forget to fill out and hand in those volunteer forms!

Ecumenical Food Bank Information

  • Several of the Lake Placid community service organizations have joined together to host monthly Ecumenical Food Bank Food Drives for the foreseeable future.
  • Volunteers from the organizations will be available at the St. Agnes Church parking lot to receive food donations.
  • The next collection date is Saturday, November 14 from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • More information can be found in the Lake Placid Insider and the organizations' websites and Facebook pages. They include the Adirondack Community Church, Lake Placid School District, Lake Placid Synagogue, Lions Club, Rotary Club, and St. Agnes Parish.
  • If you would like to join the effort please contact the Lake Placid Rotary Club via their website or rotarylp.volunteer@gmail.com
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Blue Bomber Weekly News Episode #48

Board of Education Meeting Dates 2020-21

The LPCSD Board of Education meets every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the MHS Library Media Center. Board members attend in person or via zoom from their homes.

Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

November 10 (please note date change)

November 17

December 1

December 15


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