The Lake Holcombe School District is updating its School Emergency Plan to include the ALICE program. ALICE training is designed to provide comprehensive preparedness in the event of a violent (armed) intruder. The Board of Education approved this plan in December 2019. Currently, hundreds of schools, businesses, universities, hospitals, and municipalities have adopted ALICE procedures.
ALICE procedures have been adopted and promoted by government agencies, law enforcement organizations, and associations such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, The International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the N.Y.P.D. As of June, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education stated in their Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools, recommendations that schools need to plan beyond lockdown, and provide guidance for all options such as evacuation, barricade and counter, run, fight, and hide.
All teaching staff received initial training in January. Soon, all District students will receive training in a developmentally appropriate way. Such training will take place during the school day. Please contact us if you would like to see the curriculum materials used.
The concept of ALICE is:
ALERT: Use plain and specific language to Alert others to the danger.
LOCKDOWN: Barricade the room. Prepare to Evacuate or Counter if needed.
INFORM: Communicate the violent intruder’s location and direction in real time.
COUNTER: Create Noise, Movement, Distance and Distraction with the intent of reducing the shooters ability to shoot accurately. Counter is NOT fighting.
EVACUATE: When safe to do so, remove yourself from the danger zone.
With the ALICE method we will teach our students and staff:
1. Listen carefully to the location and type of event.
2. Get to and/or remain in a secure area until it is safe to evacuate.
3. Should an armed intruder/active shooter evade their area, apply skills to distract, confuse and gain control.
4. As soon as it is safe to do so, evacuate.
Safety drills are required annually. In April we participate in the annual Tornado Drill. The other will be our annual scheduled lockdown drill that will be scheduled after initial student ALICE training is complete, in a developmentally appropriate way, in cooperation with law enforcement. Please take the time to discuss with your child the District’s active shooter response. Ask them about the ALICE program and help them to feel comfortable with the response and drill. Please contact us with any questions. The ALICE program is one more component of the District’s safety plan that serves to provide a safe and caring environment for our students.
It’s Not Too Late!
It’s not too late to purchase tickets for the Lake Holcombe Education Foundation’s annual fundraising banquet. The banquet will be held of February 8, 2020 at Paradise Shores 4. Social Hour at begins at 5 PM with dinner to follow at 6 PM. There will be raffles, drawings, and silent auction items. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the school office or from one of the foundation board members.
The Lake Holcombe Education Foundation is a non-profit organization created in 1994 with its sole purpose of providing funds for educational projects and activities that are not covered b the school budget through fall and spring grants. Staff members can request grant funds through a spring and fall grant process.
Please come out and support the Education Foundation at this year’s banquet.
Did you know that students who eat a healthy school breakfast have significantly higher academic scores, increased attendance, improved behavior, and decreased tardiness?
Foodservice records in the Lake Holcombe School District indicate that less than 10% of middle and high school students eat school breakfast on a daily basis. Many of these students are eating nothing at all until lunch time. It is our goal for more students to eat school breakfast. We feel that there will be a positive impact on student achievement and overall student health.
Beginning January 27th we will be implementing a mid-morning “Grab and Go” breakfast option. Middle and High school students will still have the regular early morning breakfast option or the mid-morning “Grab and Go” option. Students on Free or Reduced lunch are eligible for one breakfast. If students were to choose both, the meal will be charged to their foodservice account.
We have surveyed our middle and high school students and there was positive feedback in regard to implementing a “Grab and Go” option. Students will have an option of “grabbing” a breakfast in the commons after their first hour class and reporting to their second hour class where there will be a ten minute mid-morning break from 8:44AM-8:54AM. Second hour will resume at 8:55AM. In order to implement this program the morning bell will ring at 8:00AM instead of 8:03AM and the end of the day bell will ring at 3:26PM rather than 3:22PM.
We look forward to this program change that will be beneficial to our students overall health and student achievement. Please contact me or Mary Kostka, Head Cook with any specific questions you may have.
Middle and high school basketball seasons are in full swing. This is a busy time of year for
student athletes. The following are some good reminders of how we all can be supportive of the Lake Holcombe student athletes. Our coaches and athletes need your positive support and encouragement.
Support Our Student Athletes-Help our student athletes achieve skill improvement and
good sportsmanship in every game.
Always Be Positive-While we are not participants on student athletes teams we all
contribute to the success experienced by students and their teams.
Be Enthusiastic and Supportive-Let student athletes set their own goals and play the game
Reinforce Positive Behavior-The best way to help student athletes achieve goals and reduce the natural fear of failure is through positive reinforcement.
Let Coaches Coach and Refs Ref-Coaches and referees volunteer their time to help make
our student athletes successful. Treat them and their calls fairly and respectfully.
I hope you will be able to take in an event at the Lake Holcombe School this season.
Lake Holcombe Mission Statement
The Lake Holcombe School District will promote high levels of learning and growth by adapting to the needs of all our students.
Lake Holcombe Vision Statement
A SMALL school that makes a BIG difference by opening the doors to the future.