LPMHS Newsletter

Vol. 8 , Issue 6; October 9, 2020

School Closing Schedule

Monday, October 12th- Columbus Day

Wednesday, November 11th- Veterans Day

Monday, November 23rd- Parent/Teacher Conference- Half Day for Students

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Ramp Entry

We are happy to announce we finally have a working door buzzer at the Cummings Road Ramp Entrance!! This means the following:

  • If you are a student coming into school for the day, please push the outside buzzer and someone from the office will meet you inside the ramp.
  • If you are a parent dropping something off for a student, we ask that you push the outside buzzer and we will have you set whatever you may be dropping off on the table inside of the ramp.
  • If you are a parent picking up a student early, please push the buzzer and let us know who you are picking up and we will send them outside.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

On Wednesday, October 14th we encourage all students, faculty, and staff to wear pink with their blue jeans in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Digital Copy of the 2020 Yearbook

The 2020 yearbook has finally shipped! While it is in transit, check out a digital version here: https://lplacid.wixsite.com/yearbook/2020-yearbook

MHS Picture Day 10/22

Picture day for the MHS is Thursday, October 22nd. Adirondack School portraits and the MHS will ensure that this year it will be contactless and safe due to the current COVID 19 crisis. The below protocol will be followed:

  • The photography team will have their temperature taken before the start of their shift and upon arrival at the MHS.
  • They will be screened using the COVID symptom protocol.
  • They will disinfect themselves and all equipment before, during, and after each photo session.
  • A non-contact policy with students requires that grooming services will not be provided.
  • A marked working space to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet at all times for everyone.
  • Hands-free posing by utilizing visual and verbal aids.
  • Students will be photographed while standing as opposed to sitting.

Photos will be taken in the gymnasium to allow for maximum open space and ventilation.

For remote learners, please contact the main office the week of October 12th for further guidance regarding picture day.

Senior pictures are due to Mr. LaVallee by January 4th, 2021. Please contact him with any questions or concerns, blvallee@lakeplacidcsd.net.

Parent/Teacher Conference

Parent/Teacher conferences for the MHS will be held on November 23rd. They will be held via Zoom. More information will follow.

Class Ring, Cap and Gown Ordering - October 29th!

The Jostens' representative will be here all day Thursday, October 29th to handle class ring, cap, and gown orders. Sophomores and Seniors will receive ordering information packets Tuesday, October 13th. If the weather cooperates the representative will be outside under a tent to allow for social distancing and proper ventilation. If you have any questions concerning this, please contact the main office.

COVID 19 Reminders

  • Masks must be worn while at school by all students, teachers, and staff. Bandanna's and neck gators are not adequate face coverings.
  • Social Distancing is required. Maintaining a distance of 6 feet is required at all times.
  • Frequent Handwashing is required.

Pysch Notes by Dr. MIller


October 8th was National Depression Screening Day, so I thought it would be a good time to write about depression. There are different forms of depression and together they are referred to as Depressive Disorders. Everybody feels sad sometimes, but with a depressive disorder, the sad mood may persist for weeks or months. Depression is both biological and psychological. Somebody with a depressive disorder can't just shake it off. Depression may interfere with the ability to work or function in school, interact with friends and family, and deal with daily responsibilities. A depressed person may not speak up and ask for help, particularly if they are feeling hopeless. Therefore, it is up to each and every one of us to look out for each other. So, if you notice signs of depression in your friends or family, talk to the person, listen to them and let them know you care. Then seek help. Remember, depression is treatable. You just have to take the step to seek help.

Some signs or symptoms to look out for:

  • Sad mood, crying. Sometimes sadness appears as anger and irritability.

  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities the person used to enjoy, social isolation

  • Low energy, sometimes may appear agitated

  • Changes in eating and sleeping. Can be an increase or decrease.

  • Negative thinking about self, hopelessness, worthlessness

  • Trouble making decisions, thinking, or concentrating

  • Thoughts of suicide (seek help immediately)

Below is a link to the Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression (BSAD), a depression screener designed to be completed by parents. If you are concerned that your son or daughter may be depressed please take a few moments to complete this screener. Some recommendations are offered at the end. You may also reach out to the school for help: Dave Miller (School Psychologist), Connie Hammaker (High School Counselor), Lynn Gosling (Middle School Counselor), Tina Clark (Student Support Counselor).

Brief Screen for Adolescent Depression

Disenchanted! Virtual Musical by Northwood School

Check out Northwood School's virtual musical, Disenchanted! Happening this Friday at 7 p.m. access it with the following link: https://bit.ly/3iIvgzM OR Saturday at 7 p.m. with the following link: https://bit.ly/3lotW6V

Links will go live at 6:30 p.m.

Free Meals for ALL Students Through October 30th!

All public school students are eligible for free breakfast and lunch through October 30th regardless of parental income. Now is a great time for everyone to check out our great meals and find a few new favorites!

Grab and Go Breakfasts- Our food service staff will have "Grab and Go" breakfasts available at each entrance every morning. Students will be able to grab their breakfast choice and proceed to their 1st-period class.

Volunteer Opportunities

40 hours!!!!! Just a reminder that all students must have 40 hours of community service to graduate. Keep checking back for volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

  • Interested in learning to work the clock for Varsity Soccer? Contact my Mr. Burdick at jburdick@lakeplacidcsd.net. Many hours are available with this commitment and volunteers are needed ASAP.

  • Ecumenical Food Collection Day: On Saturday, October, 17th from 9 am-12 pm in the St. Agnes parking lot. See below for more information.

Please see Mrs. McConvey for more volunteer opportunities and don't forget to fill out and hand in those volunteer forms!!!

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 on available at the St. Agnes Church parking lot to receive food donations.
  • Saturday, October 17th from 9 a.m. to Noon.
  • More information can be found in the Lake Placid Insider and the organizations' web sites 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 web site or rotarylp.volunteer@gmail.com
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Board of Education Meeting Dates 2020-21

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.

Board meetings have been and will continue to be streamed live. Executive Order 202.1 – Article 7 of the Public Officers Law allows for the school board to meet without permitting in public in-person access to meetings. As such, any comments slated for the Good of the Cause can be emailed to lpdistrictclerk@lpcsd.org. Emails will be read during the portion of the Good of the Cause.

Our Board meetings are streamed live at http://www.lpcsd.org/ Click on “live stream”

Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

October 20th

November 3rd

November 17th


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