LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 7, Issue 15 December 13, 2019

School Closing Schedule

Winter Break: Monday, December 23rd through Friday, January 3rd.

It takes a community to stop bullying and build kindness!

Please join us on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 a.m. in the auditorium for a presentation by Sweethearts and Heroes! The Sweethearts & Heroes team believes that is takes a community to stop bullying and build kindness. Through knowledge and communication, they are committed to bringing their message to individual communities - - not only to help the victims, but especially to empower bystanders to make a difference.

Click here to get to know the Sweethearts & Heroes team.

We hope you can join us on Tuesday, December 17th at 7:30 a.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.

Tuesday, December 17th-No 10th period

Please note on Tuesday, December 17th there will be no 10th period for middle and high school students.

Middle School Winter Break Activities Day

On Friday, December 20th, our middle school students will be participating in various activities the day before holiday break begins. A permission slip was sent home with students on Wednesday, December 11th. They are due back by Monday, December 16th.

Sophomore Permission Slips

Reminder to all sophomores, you must turn in the two permission slips that were mailed home this coming week. These permission slips were for selling chocolates and information regarding the future senior trip.

Information about Driver Permit Tests

Students need to make an appointment to take the test and answer a few questions for the application. Students who have a NYS ID already (ex. an ID to go to Canada) need to bring in their ID card to take the test. Please contact Ms. Patenaude in the library with any questions.

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

Positive Emotion

It is easy to see why negative emotions exist. Take fear for example. Fear prepares our bodies in the face of a threat to either run away or fight for our lives. It has a clear survival purpose, but what purpose do positive emotions serve? Well, they feel good, but there’s more to it than that. There are lots of different positive emotions. Barbara Fredrickson is a psychologist who has spent years studying positive emotion. She describes 10 forms of positivity: joy, gratitude, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement, inspiration, awe, and love. Besides feeling good, she argues that the purpose of positive emotions is to broaden and build. Positive emotions broaden our minds. They expand our awareness of the possibilities available to us presently and in the future. Positive emotions build. They build psychological strengths like optimism and resilience. Positive emotions build social connections. It’s much easier to connect socially if you greet somebody with a smile rather than a frown, or with a funny joke rather than complaints. Positive emotions even build physical health. They’ve been shown to lower stress related hormones and enhance immune system functioning. Positive emotions change the biochemical environment in the body and promote health. Dr. Fredrickson believes that our well-being is enhanced if we have a higher number of positive emotions compared to negative emotions. Initially, she argued for a 3 to 1 positivity ratio. That exact number has been debunked because it was based on some fuzzy math, but the general idea holds true. Positivity broadens and builds and as you are able to improve your positivity ratio, you may also be able to live a happier and more fulfilling life. For more information check out Barbara Fredrickson’s 2009 book, Positivity.

Volunteer Opportunities!!!

Basketball concessions on Monday 12/16, Tuesday 12/17, Thursday 12/19 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Please see Mrs. McConvey in the library for details and to sign up for any of these events. Or contact her at pmcconvey@lpcsd.org or 518-523-2474 ext. 4130

**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:

December 17, 2019

January 7, 2020

January 21, 2020

February 4, 2020

February 18, 2020(winter break)


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