LPHS Parent Newsletter

December 2020

Dear Families,

I am very proud of our students and teachers and the accomplishments we have earned during the difficult set of circumstances this year. At LPHS we all are very grateful for the support from our Slicer families.


Our December newsletter features: four students eligible for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, a reminder about our Free & Reduced application, our programming for the next two weeks, our State-bound Spell Bowl team, the IBA All District and/or Regional Honor Band recipients, the IJEA All District North Jazz Band, and information from our Slicer Health Clinic if you need to provide medical care for your student.


The next two weeks we are going to shift to remote learning in an effort to slow down the spread of COVID-19. Thank you in advance for monitoring your student's progress and encouraging them to login to the Zoom sessions and stay current with the coursework. During the holiday season I encourage you to follow the Indiana Department of Health guidelines in an effort to protect our students and minimize their exposure to the virus.


In closing, I want to include a link to a Google Form for our Slicer Shoutouts! It is always nice to read a note of appreciation from our students and parents. If you have a positive note to share please fill out the link:


https://forms.gle/CDdxnep2wHhJ8UPz9



Thank you and have a wonderful holiday season.



Sincerely,

Mr. Alber

November 23-24th and November 30th-December 4th Programming

As a result of the rise in COVID-19 cases in our county, we are going to remote learning for the next two weeks. The short week of November 23-24th during Thanksgiving and the week after from November 30th through December 4th will model our Tuesday/Thursday format in Orange programming. The students are expected to login each day with the for a Zoom meeting to review the instruction for the day. The students are expected to follow their schedule as if they were on campus. The bell schedule is located below in this newsletter and on our LPHS website. This format is not eLearning, so remote assignments are usually due that day or the following day. As a reminder please remind your students to bring their chromebook home as well as their charger. If you do not have Internet access please contact Mrs. Taylor ctaylor@lpcsc.k12.in.us for a MiFi or hot spot that parents can check out from LPHS.
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Free and Reduced Application

A reminder to click on the link below to apply for free or reduced lunch. The federal government is providing free breakfast and lunch at the present time, but that funding will end sometime in December. Each year applicants are required by the federal government to reapply for this benefit. Free and reduced recipients are eligible for free book rental. This link provides confidentiality for your application.

Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship by Erin Parker

La Porte High School is extremely proud to announce that we have four of the twelve La Porte County seniors who are finalists for the prestigious Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship. Please help us congratulate Alexander Ake, Jillian Maudlin, Sophie Sorg, and Riya Verma.

Two students will be chosen to receive a full-tuition scholarship from any accredited private or public college or university in Indiana. Good luck to all twelve but especially to our Slicers! We are proud of you.

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Spell Bowl

The Slicers are going to state for Spell Bowl! Jill Maudlin earned a perfect score yesterday, and Madison Aguirre spelled her way to an almost perfect. Way to go, team. We are proud of you!
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Congratulations Coach Kuzdas!

We are happy to announce that Coach Louis Kuzdas has been named the 2019-2020 Regional Coach of the Year for the Crown Point Regional. Another feather in the cap of a hall of fame coaching career. Congrats Coach K!
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Slicer Champions Mentor Program

La Porte Education Foundation Grant Winners!

Congratulations to the following teachers for their grant awards from the La Porte Education Foundation!

$ 200.00 CPR Certifications for Health Science I Sophomores Mrs. Muller/Health Interns

$ 400.00 2 copies of "Final Cut Pro" from Apple Mr. Sullivan/Music

$ 625.00 Personal Finance Budget Challenge simulation for 25 students for spring 2021 semester Ms. LaRocco/Business

$ 1,000.00 Pottery wheels Mrs. Lebo/Art

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News from A.K. Smith (La Porte County Career & Tech)

We have made the decision to move all classes online beginning Monday, November 16th. AK Smith will remain online through Friday, January 15th, 2021.


It is our goal to return to in-person instruction or a hybrid model by Tuesday, January 19th, 2021. We will observe the Martin Luther King holiday as scheduled on Monday, January 18th, 2021. There will be no school during our scheduled Thanksgiving Break, November 23rd- November 28th nor during the Winter Break, December 21st - January 1st.


All students should plan to learn from home during this time. Assignments and class links will be posted online at the start of the school day by 7:25 a.m. and students will receive further instructions from their classroom teachers. No students' class schedules will be changing during this period of online learning.


I wanted to take this time to thank you for your continued partnership, patience, understanding, and flexibility throughout this unprecedented time. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any additional questions or concerns.


Delincia Smith

Director of La Porte County Career and

Technical Education

817 Lafayette Street

Michigan City, IN 46360

219-873-2120*8709

dsmith31@mcas.k12.in.us


News from Family and Community Engagement Services (F.A.C.E.S.)

Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Family Interest Survey. F.A.C.E.S. will use the information to develop topics for the next Parent Academy. Please keep an eye out for the Dec. F.A.C.E.S. Newsletter and information on Parent Academy.

Carla Pillai

LPHS F.A.C.E.S. Parent Rep

Slicer Health Clinic

The Slicer Clinic will be open on days when school is in session on campus, from 7:30-4:00 p.m., and will be continuing to do routine vaccines as well as flu vaccines. Besides vaccines, the clinic offers same day illness, injury and wellness visits. Registration Packets can be printed from the Slicer Clinic link on the LPCSC website and returned with the student or emailed to SHC@lph.org. Parents can call 324-1377 with any questions or to schedule an appointment.

News from the Band Department

Eleven students from the LPHS band were selected for the IBA All District Honor Band:


Ireland Albin - Alto Saxophone

Farrah Coddington - Euphonium

Brooke Enos - Trumpet

Logan Gard - Clarinet

Allison Glen - Euphonium

Audrey Jeffers - Oboe

Benjamin Kish - Horn

Aaron Kroening - Clarinet

Danielle Lilly - Bassoon

Alexis Tracy - Clarinet

Cameron Tucker - Tuba


Four students from the LPHS band were selected for the IBA All Region Honor Band:


Esther Chairez-Munoz - Flute

Vada Albin - Oboe

Avalynn Holtz - Alto Saxophone

Zach Kabacinski - Trumpet


Several hundred students apply each year to be a part of these ensembles. Students are selected based on musicality, participation in the ISSMA solo and ensemble contest and teacher evaluations. These students will be unable to perform live this year due to COVID 19, but we are excited they are still able to be recognized for outstanding musical ability.


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Three students from the LPHS jazz band were selected for the IJEA All District North Jazz Band:


Logan Gard - Alto Saxophone

Aaron Kroening - Guitar

Caleb Matz - Drum Set


The IJEA All District North Jazz Band is made up of students from the northern half of Indiana. These three students will participate in a virtual rehearsal and concert directed by Dr. Mark O'Connor from the University of Indianapolis.


We are very excited to recognize these students and their musical achievements. They represent some of the best musicians at LPHS, and we are very proud of them!

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From our LPHS family to yours, please have a Happy Holiday!

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A reminder winter break begins December 19th and ends on January 1st. Students return on January 4th and the first semester ends on January 15th.