Vol. 7, Issue 24; March 6, 2020
Pre-Registering to Vote at 16- Registration Assistance Available
Here in the Lake Placid Central School District we are aware of concerns in the community about the Coronavirus and would like to keep you updated on what we are doing to respond to those concerns. We are paying attention to information that is coming out of the Centers for Disease Control and the NY State Department of Health, and we will consider their recommendations as we move forward. Of the cases so far confirmed worldwide a relatively small number exist in the United States and an even smaller number have been confirmed in NY State. So right now the actions that we are taking are commonsense responses that will help not only with any worries about the Coronavirus but also with the more pressing concerns we have about the flu. There are preventive measures for everyday use that students, families, and staff members should take right now: stay home when you are sick, cover coughs and sneezes using shirt sleeves or a tissue, avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth, and practice regular and thorough handwashing with soap and water, or alcohol-based hand sanitizers. In our schools, there are additional preventive steps we are taking as well. These include regular cleaning of frequently touched surfaces and objects like tables, doorknobs, toys, desks, and computer keyboards using detergent-based cleaners or EPA-registered disinfectants. We are making hand sanitizer readily available throughout our facilities. We will also be distributing information to staff and families. Right now we believe that a measured and thoughtful response is our best strategy, and we will continue to adjust as we move forward and new information becomes available. You can access additional information about the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) at www.cdc.gov and www.health.ny.gov.
Updated as of March 4, 2020
High School Counseling News!
Thursday, March 19th: Inaugural LPHS Career Expo
Being held in the library here at school from 10:00am-12:30pm! There will be an array of job and career exploration opportunities! Keep an eye on your inbox for more details regarding this event (see flyer below).
Wednesday, March 25th: SAT School Day
This will be offered to all juniors, free of charge. Closer to the date, juniors will sign up through the guidance office. Parents will receive information if their student(s) signed up.
Positive Psychology Corner, by Dr. Miller
A Positive Balance
Positive Psychology is a broad and growing field and over the past few months, we have touched on just a few of the concepts and a little bit of the research. Today we wrap up this series on Positive Psychology with a simple message: positivity must be kept in perspective. It is not healthy or desirable to be happy all the time. Being human means that we will experience a full range of emotions. Do not try to cover up or deny the more difficult emotions with “happy-ology.” Yes, we can boost happiness and well-being by focusing on positivity, and this can be fulfilling and healthy. But, people who are happy and experience a sense of well-being do not necessarily have fewer negative emotions. They have the same range of emotions that we all have, however, they do not let negative emotions spiral them down into a dark place. All emotions are valid and important. They are messages that we need to carefully pay attention to. They can motivate us to take action and improve our lives. For example, if we pay attention to anger and use it as a motivator, we may be able to positively assert ourselves and make a situation better. If we pay attention to sadness or loneliness, we may be able to plan a course of action that will connect us with others and reduce sadness. If we cover up these feelings with false or temporary happiness, we may fail to address the underlying issues and may fail to grow as individuals. Embrace all of your emotions, and use positivity wisely. For more information check out The Upside of Your Dark Side, by Thomas Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener.
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.
The Board of Education will meet to discuss the 2020-2021 budget on March 17, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. It is anticipated that the Board of Education will adopt the final budget on March 31, 2020 or April 20, 2020.
Members of the community are welcome to attend the meeting and/or follow along on BoardDocs http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/lpcsd/Board.nsf/Public.
Community members may submit questions they would like the Board to address during their work sessions by email to firstname.lastname@example.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.
*Adopt a Grandparent Program between the Middle/High School and Elderwood. This is a new opportunity that will be starting soon at Elderwood of Uihlein. Details about the program will be available in the upcoming weeks.
*Do you want to be a part of an awesome community summer music series? Songs at Mirror Lake need volunteers to help with many things including, set-up, load-in, handing out programs, selling raffle tickets, and more. Please call/text Jennifer at 518-524-4093 or Bill at 518-524-4328.
Please see Mrs. McConvey in the library for any upcoming opportunities. Or contact her at email@example.com or 518-523-2474 ext. 4130
**Please note Community Service forms are now available online on the school's website. Check it out at the link below.**
Application for Scholarship to Eagle Island Camp can be found below.
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. Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:
March 17, 2020
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