Vol. 8, Issue 16; January 8, 2021
Upcoming School Schedule
Monday, January 18 - MLK Jr. Day (no school)
Monday-Wednesday, February 15-17 - Presidents' Day/February break (no school)
- 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.
- Please pay close attention to any emails or phone calls from the school. These will keep you updated with any new developments regarding a move to remote school, or any COVID cases in our buildings.
- If you are not feeling well or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please stay home from school, let the office know, and get tested. We need everyone's help and cooperation to keep our school open & safe!
COVID Testing At School
Remote Learning Information
We appreciate everyone's cooperation and understanding with remote learning days. Anytime we have to move to remote learning, please remember that attendance is taken as usual, and students are expected to be present and engaged with classes from home. Please call the main office if you know your student will be absent from remote learning days.
Please remember that in order to become an ongoing 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.
Educational Leave Program
Again this year, LPMHS is proud to offer our Educational Leave Program for student-athletes who train and compete at the state and national level in sports that are not school sponsored (NYSEF sports, luge, bobsled, speed skating, figure skating, etc…). This program is designed to provide educational support for student-athletes who must miss classes to train and compete in their sport.
If your child is planning on participating in NYSEF sports or any other outside sport this winter, please fill out the Educational Leave Request form and email it to Ms. Amy Spicer, LPMHS Educational Leave Coordinator: email@example.com. She will also be happy to answer any questions you may have about the program. Please note that the form needs to be submitted to Ms. Spicer five school days in advance of your child’s leave.
Backpack Program- FREE Meals for the Weekends!
Blue Bombers Masks Still Available!
January Lunch Menu
Psych Notes with Dr. Miller
The Myth of Catharsis
I have noticed lately that an old idea is re-emerging in pop psychology (it never really went away). The idea is that anger will eat you up from the inside unless you release it in some sort of aggressive, dramatic, primitive display like screaming, raging, or punching pillows. This idea is called catharsis and it has been around since before the science of psychology existed, and well, it is a myth. Still, therapies exist based on this myth. Businesses have sprung up based on this myth. You may have seen on the news businesses like “rage rooms” where you can pay to go in and bust stuff, supposedly venting your anger.
I understand that breaking things in a rage room might be fun, and it may give you a temporary shot of neurochemicals that make you feel better, but it does not do much to help cope with angry feelings in the long run. It may simply reinforce a habit to be destructive and perhaps violent when angry, and that is not helpful. In fact, research has shown that releasing anger in an aggressive way, either directly at a person, or indirectly, like a punching bag, actually increases aggression toward the person with whom we are angry. Besides, in the amount of time it takes to rage in a “rage room” your anger would have subsided anyway. Yes, it is important to acknowledge and cope with anger rather than suppress it, but there are much more productive ways to cope with anger than the catharsis myth.
Check out this article for some ideas: Healthy Ways to Cope With Anger
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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!
Food Drive Rocks Socks
This month the Ecumenical Food Pantry food drive is seeking donations of new, warm socks for people of all ages.
Socks, food and cash may be dropped off at our next drive, this Saturday, January 9, 2021 between 9:00am - 12:00pm at St. Agnes Church parking lot. Thank you to the Rotary Club Volunteers for staffing the food/sock drive this month. (Brrr!)
In December 2020 the North Elba community gave food and donations for 1,373 meals! That was the largest food drive we have had so far! Since we began this project in May, you have donated 7,524 meals. That is enough to feed a family of four three meals a day for 627 days.
Thanks to ADK Community Church, Lake Placid School District, Lake Placid Synagogue, Lions, Rotary Club of Lake Placid and St. Agnes School and Church for supporting our community through this ongoing effort.
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, January 9 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 email@example.com
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.
- Any guests planning on attending must wear masks. Space is limited to 5 people (first come, first served).
- Board agenda documents will become live on Saturday before the meeting and can be found at: https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/lpcsd/Board.nsf/Public
- Anyone can submit comments for the Good of the Cause by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Emails will be read during the portion of the Good of the Cause.
- Board meetings are streamed live at: http://www.lpcsd.org/. Click on "live stream."
Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
February 16 (Budget work session 6-7 and Board Meeting 7-8:30)