LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 7, Issue 28; April 3, 2020

LPMHS Staff & Faculty Miss you ALL! Check out our video below.


School Closing Schedule

Monday, March 16th - Friday, April 17th: COVID-19 Closing

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

UPDATE---At Home Learning during Spring Break

At the middle school level, your child has been assigned a mentor who will be reaching out to them to talk about the Choice Board and to help guide them with their choices. It is important that your child is at this meeting. This teacher will also be checking in to assist them with any questions or concerns they may have during this process. They can also call Ms. Lindsay at 518-524-2474 if they have any questions or concerns.

At the high school level, Mrs. Casey has created a fabulous video, found here, she has shared with you and your child to explain the BINGO board(found here) assignment and expectations. She has provided the details to the high school students regarding the expectations, teacher office hours and of course, the BINGO board, through email and their grade level Google Classroom.

COVID-19 Situation Updates

Superintendent’s April 1st Message About Spring Break Learning Activities:

The Governor’s Executive Order has directed all school districts to continue alternative instructional options during the period we had originally set aside for spring break (April 6 – April 17). Today I want to let you know how we intend to alter our approach to at-home learning throughout this 2-week period. Each school has developed a project-based activity or series of activities that we hope will provide students and families with a more engaging and creative approach to learning. During this time we hope that students will read, think, create, get outside, and set aside their devices for at least a part of the day. Schools will make sure that expectations are appropriate for every age and grade level, and that teachers and support staff will be available to help and guide students along the way. You can expect more details from the principals at each school. We hope that your families are healthy and safe. Thanks to all of you for your feedback, encouragement, and support.

  • Reminder, for now, email is the best way to reach faculty, staff, and administration at LPMSHS and LPES. You can also feel free to call us at the following numbers:
    • District office: 518-637-2535
    • Middle & High School: 518-524-2474
    • Elementary School:518-637-2856
  • Free internet access available to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households. More information HERE.
  • Bored? Here is a list of creative ideas and exciting activities you can use with the children at home to stay engaged.

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

Student Work Permits

At this time, student work permits are still able to be administered. If your child needs working papers or is in need of an updated card, please email Mrs. Taylor (ktaylor@lpcsd.org) or Mrs. Mayberry (pmayberry@lpcsd.org), or call 518-524-2474.

Dr. Miller's PsychNotes

Gratitude Revisited

I could easily rattle off a dozen things that I am unhappy about right now. So could you. The bad news is hard to get away from. Thinking about negative things is important sometimes. It helps us prepare and stay vigilant to keep ourselves safe. It is important not to minimize or ignore the hardships that our friends, relatives and community members are going through right now. But, too much time exposing ourselves to negativity can cause anger, sadness, hopeless and despair. When we slip into hopelessness and despair we become immobilized, less able to help ourselves and others. Not a good state to be in. Now more than ever it is important to “hunt the good stuff,” in order to help provide balance in our emotional lives and fight hopelessness and despair. This is where gratitude comes in. Gratitude has been well studied. It can make you feel better, and when you feel better you can function more effectively. I know that the idea of gratitude can ring kind of hollow in such a difficult time. But maybe now is precisely the time and situation that we need to think about gratitude the most. I will start. I really appreciate the folks working at the food stores, pharmacies and restaurants (for take-out) that are coming into work and making sure we have access to food and necessities. I appreciate parents whose lives have been turned upside down but are working hard to support the continuing education of their children at home. I appreciate teachers and school staff who got emergency remote learning up and running almost immediately. My list could go on and on, but now it is your turn. Cultivate gratitude in this difficult time, and stay safe!

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IjSHUc7TXM

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.

Transcending Social Distance: LPMHS Art Gallery

Students and staff don't forget you can still share in your creativity and personal expression by emailing any artwork to Mr. Robinson for the online art gallery found here.

Once the artwork is uploaded, you will receive an Artsonia permission request via email. The artwork will not be viewable unless permission is granted.

Local schools help with face shields

Check out this great article written in the ADE about local schools assisting in using 3D printers to produce face shields for health care workers.

Junior/Senior Prom

At this time, the junior/senior prom has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30th at 6:00 p.m.
Blue Bomber Weekly News Episode #29
Booktalk with LP Librarians

Sweetheart & Superheroes Parent Video

Click the link below to check out video #15 of the Sweetheart & Superheroes video series.

Video #15: School's Involvement

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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.**

Information from your friendly school nurse Cora

Special Enrollment Period for NYS Health Insurance

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the New York State of Health has made a Special Enrollment Period available to New Yorkers during which eligible individuals will be able to enroll in insurance coverage through NY State of Health, New York’s official health plan Marketplace, and directly through insurers. The Special Enrollment Period is open from March 16 to May 15, 2020. Medicaid, Essential Plan and Child Health Plus – can enroll year-round.

The Fidelis Care team is ready to assist you by phone. Call 1-866-435-9521 (TTY: 711) or you can contact your local Fidelis Care Representative, Katelyn Smart 518-593-5341 or Matthew Davis 518-429-8224.

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Student Log In Assistance Sheet

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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:

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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