LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 7, Issue 10 November 1, 2019

School Closing Schedule

Veterans Day: Monday, November 11th

1/2 Day for Parent Teacher Conferences: Thursday, November 14th

Thanksgiving Recess: 1:45 p.m. release on Tuesday, November 26th and No School-Wednesday, November 27th-Friday, November 29th

Fall Sports Recognition Ceremony

The Fall Sports Recognition Ceremony will be on Wednesday, November 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle/High School Auditorium. Please join us as we celebrate our fall athletes and their accomplishments!

Welcome to..

We would like to welcome our newest bus driver, LPHS Alumni, Kellson Thompson!

Parent Teacher Conferences-Students Welcome

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, November 14th from 12 noon - 5 p.m. and 6 - 7:45 p.m. This year we are encouraging students to attend the conferences and be part of the conversation. Conferences will be scheduled in fifteen (15) minute increments. Please call the Main Office at 518-523-2474 on Tuesday, November 12th and Wednesday, November 13th between 7:45 and 2:45 p.m. to schedule appointments with your students teachers.

Positive Psychology Corner.... by Dr. Miller, LPMHS School Psychologist

Flexible Thinking


Challenges come up every single day in our lives. We cope with most of these daily challenges relatively effectively, but sometimes a challenge can seem particularly insurmountable. This is especially true if we haven’t had enough sleep, are stressed out, frustrated or are experiencing some other negative emotions. Negative emotions tend to narrow our perspective so we may have trouble coming up with solutions or alternatives. We may only be able to see one outcome, and it is bad. This is where flexible thinking comes in. Resilient children are flexible thinkers. A resilient child can figure out a way to mend a relationship after an argument with a friend. A resilient child can figure out what factors may have led to a poor grade on a test, and then plan a course of action to improve the situation. A resilient child can see alternatives and generate multiple possible solutions. If one solution doesn’t work, a flexible thinker will have another plan that can be put into action. As adults we can help young people become more flexible in their thinking and therefore more resilient.


Here are some thoughts:


· Help you child get some distance in order to put the problem in perspective. To get some perspective it might be useful to “sleep on it,” or come back to the problem after emotions, like anxiety, have settled down.


· Talk with your child about potential outcomes, both the good outcomes and the not so good ones. Then talk with your child about the most likely outcome. This will also help your child gain perspective on the problem.


· Generate possible solutions to the problem with your child. Get creative and have some fun in this stage. A little positive emotion may help your child see possibilities that he or she has not considered before. Positive emotion tends to broaden our perspective.


· Work together to generate pros and cons of each solution and then chose one.


· Encourage your child to put their plan into action. Assure your son or daughter that you feel confident that he or she can handle the problem. Only step in if the problem is unmanageable.


· Remember that your child needs to practice flexible thinking and problem solving. Sometimes their plan will not succeed. It is all part of the learning process. If Plan A doesn’t work, encourage your child to try Plan B.

Volunteer Opportunities!!!

See Mrs. McConvey in the library for more information on volunteer opportunities.


**Please note Community Service forms are now available online on the schools website. Check it out at the link below.**

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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:


November 5, 2019

November 19, 2019

December 3, 2019

December 17, 2019

January 7, 2020

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