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Education

Lake Placid school superintendent to retire

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid Central School District Superintendent Roger Catania will retire at the end of the school year. The school’s Board of Education accepted a letter announcing his retirement at its regular meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16. Catania has served as the district’s ...

Lake Placid schools go remote after 3 test positive

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid schools are going remote Friday, Feb. 12 for the half-day of classes left before the Presidents Day holiday after an elementary school student, a middle-high school student and a support staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. In a message to ...

History in the making

LAKE PLACID — There may not have been a sea of people crowding around the U.S. Capitol in Washington Wednesday, Jan. 20 for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but there were plenty of people watching virtually. Many of those viewers were local ...

Northwood students answer questions about the presidential inauguration

LAKE PLACID — Five Northwood School students answered questions about the Jan. 20 inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Due to COVID regulations, they were not allowed to gather to watch the event live together, but they were encouraged to watch it on their ...

History lesson

(Editor’s note: As the presidential inauguration of Joe Biden approaches on Wednesday, Jan. 20, the Lake Placid News is reprinting this story from four years ago when President Donald Trump’s inauguration was watched live by students and teachers at the Lake Placid High School in the class ...

LP Middle-High School faces more COVID cases

LAKE PLACID — The Lake Placid Middle-High School closed on Jan. 7 after staff members tested positive for COVID-19, and district Superintendent Roger Catania said Tuesday, Jan. 12 that he plans to reopen the school for in-person learning Tuesday, Jan. 19, a day after the Martin Luther King ...

One LP school goes remote after 3 days

As New York schools returned to session Monday, Jan. 4 after winter break, the state has a new rule for staying open during COVID-19: Schools in counties with a positivity level over 9% must remain below their communities’ positivity level to stay open for in-person instruction. This will ...

Lake Placid schools to go remote for last 2 days before break

The Lake Placid Middle and High School will be going remote for the last two days of school before the holiday break — Dec. 21 and 22 — due to a staffing shortage. In a voicemail from Superintendent Roger Catania to students and their families, he said there are “no new cases within ...

Breath of fresh air

KEENE VALLEY — The High Peaks Education Foundation recently donated $15,000 worth of air purifiers to Keene Central School, and while they were not mandated by the state for in-person education during the pandemic, school officials say they offer another layer of protection for everyone in ...

County: Tourism has spread virus to region

LAKE PLACID — Tourists traveling to Lake Placid have contributed to the number of COVID-19 cases here, Essex County’s public health director confirmed Tuesday, Dec. 8. Meanwhile, the Lake Placid Central School District switched back to remote learning temporarily due to COVID cases, and ...

Back to remote for some schools

After a spike in community COVID-19 cases, The Tupper Lake Central School District is forgoing its plans to return to in-person hybrid instruction and is moving to remote learning through the end of 2020. Meanwhile, a sixth-grader in Lake Placid has tested positive for COVID-19, and the ...

Gym members will do burpees for bucks toward Lake Placid school playground

LAKE PLACID — “We just need 1,000 people to donate 5 bucks,” CrossFit Lake Placid Manager Nicholas LaScala said, “and then we’ll be in the pain cave for sure.” LaScala is holding a burpee marathon at the CrossFit gym he manages. For every dollar donated toward helping the Lake ...

Let the creativity begin!

LAKE PLACID — St. Agnes School’s annual Christmas Bazaar is still on this year — with a twist. The holiday event is happening outdoors rather than indoors next month, and for the first time ever, there’s a gingerbread house building contest with a slate of prizes on the line. ...

Lake Placid 7th grade stays remote; other students will return

LAKE PLACID — Seventh-graders will study remotely through Thanksgiving break. Students in other grades in Lake Placid Middle-High School will return to class on Tuesday. School administrators made the decision to temporarily keep the district’s seventh-graders home over the weekend, in ...

Franklin County schools will go full remote through Jan. 4

All schools in Franklin County are shifting to remote learning until at least Jan. 4. The huge news was announced by the Franklin-Essex-Hamilton BOCES on Monday evening. The shift came at the recommendation of county health officials in light of the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in this ...

No field trip? No problem

LAKE PLACID — Around this time of year, buses full of local schoolchildren usually arrive at Heart Lake for hands-on lessons about nature and responsible outdoor recreation. Fourth-graders from schools around the region would take in the fall foliage, leaves crunching beneath their ...

Young journalist steps up

LAKE PLACID — Lake Placid High School junior Caleb Mihill describes himself as something of an old person. “I don’t know too much about social media,” he said, speaking to the Lake Placid News over teleconferencing app Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The 16-year-old readily ...

NCCC faculty and students ‘roll with the punches’ amid pandemic

SARANAC LAKE — For many schools, the fall 2020 semester has been less a return to classes and more a reboot of an entirely new system. At North Country Community College, most of the learning is being done remotely rather than at its three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga. ...