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Good evening. We have had three (3) new COVID-19 cases since the last update. Contact tracing, where required, has been completed and all those affected have been notified.
Copper Beech Middle School 2
Van Cortlandtville Elementary 1
Beginning tomorrow, March 3, the District will be conducting on-site COVID-19 Rapid testing as a part of our mitigation efforts during the pandemic. If you would like to take advantage of this free testing, please complete a consent form, found here, and we will send you an email with sign-up information. Our next rapid testing event will be Wednesday, March 10. There are still appointments available.
This Thursday, March 4 at 7PM, Dr. Rappleyea, our Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services, will be moderating a panel discussion for our community entitled: Supporting Our Children Through the Pandemic: An evening with mental health experts. Please follow this link for information about the event.
Monday, March 8 at 6:00 pm Lakeland Central School District will host a community question and answer session. The Q and A will be held virtually and will be livestreamed. Further details on how to participate will be coming out this week.
Be well and have a good evening.
Brendan Lyons, Ed. D.
Over the past several weeks our winter low-moderate risk sports concluded their seasons, and our winter high-risk sports are
well underway with the conclusion of their seasons approaching next week. Additionally, our Fall
Season II high school sports will be beginning next week as well. The purpose of this communication
is to inform you of some important information concerning the weeks ahead.
Please click here to continue reading important sports information.
Please click here for Spring Sports Card Information
The Rebels Men's Varsity Swim Team finished sixth at last week’s Sectional Meet, with several swimmers setting team records and qualifying for States.
A major event was the 200 Freestyle Relay. The Rebels came in first in the section, broke a team record and qualified for States. The team was made up of Jack Pagel, Alex Gorzula, Steven Macaluso and Gabe Rzezwicki. With a record at 1:29.30, this is the first time the Rebels have sent a relay to States since 2009.
“Congratulations to all of our swimmers,” coach Patrick Connolly. “This was a phenomenal meet. It was one of best Sectional Meets this team has ever had.”
- The 200 Medley Relay, comprising Will Fagan, Jason Manse, Steven Macaluso and Anthony Esposito, finished in 12th place with a time of 1:48.54.
- In the 200 Freestyle, Gabe Rzezwicki finished fifth with a time of 1:49.11. During Sectional prelims, Gabe qualified for States and broke the team record in the 200 Freestyle with a time of 1:46.63.
- In the 200 Individual Medley, three swimmers competed: Will Fagan, Alex Gorzula and Jack Pagel. Jack Pagel finished 12th with a time of 2:03.60, Will finished seventh with a time of 2:02.47, which broke the previous record, and Alex Gorzula finished fifth with a time of 2:00.95, a new team record.
- In the 100 Butterfly, Steven Macaluso finished in eighth place and qualified for States with a time of 53.82.
- In the 100 Freestyle, Jack Pagel finished in 11th with a time of 50.14 and Gabe Rzezwicki qualified for States, finished third overall and broke the team record with a time of 48.89.
- In the 500 Freestyle Will Fagan finished in fifth place with a time of 4:54.28 (breaking the team record) and Alex Gorzula finished in fourth place with a time of 4:53.78, which set a new team record.
Swimmers from Walter Panas High School, Lakeland High School and Putnam Valley High School swim for the Rebels. The swimmers who were part of the Sectionals Team are: Remy Eppner (PVHS), Anthony Esposito (PVHS), William Fagan (LHS), Michael Garofalo (PVHS), Alexander Gorzula (LHS), Steven Macaluso (LHS), Jason Manse (LHS), Jack Pagel (WPHS), Gabriel Rzezwicki (PVHS), and Ronan White (LCBMS).
“Congratulations to the Rebels on a great season,” Connolly said.
In observance of World Teen Mental Wellness Day, the student assistance counselors at Lakeland High School, Walter Panas High School and Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School created this video presentation. Please watch this short video to learn about youth mental health during COVID-19 and for tips and resources for helping your students during the pandemic.
Also, the community is invited to a virtual panel discussion, Supporting Our Children Through the Pandemic: An Evening with Mental Health Experts. Please join us for this important parent program on Thursday at 7 p.m.
To submit questions and topics you would like to hear about on Thursday, please use this Google form: Questions for the panel
Back in 2005, the Lakeland Westchester Classic Debate Tournament drew about 100 competitors. The event has grown over the years, attracting about 740 students last year from points near and far, including California and Taiwan.
But this year, with the tournament shifting to a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event has swelled even further. Over the weekend, 1,008 middle and high school students logged on from home to debate the issues of the day and there were another approximately 600 people serving as judges, tournament staff and observers.
The tournament welcomed students for the first time from the Dominican Republic as well as from schools in Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington state. In all, students came from 123 schools from 20 states, Canada, the Dominican Republic and Taiwan.
“It was an amazing weekend,” said Stefan Bauschard, the Lakeland District Debate Team coach. “We were thrilled we were able to host so many students doing what they love. The kids were really excited and really enjoyed the experience.”
Students met in virtual debate rooms, along with judges and observers. There were 1,699 debates that spanned 56,864 minutes, or about 947 hours.
Students debated criminal justice reform, the pros and cons of West African urbanization, lethal autonomous weapons, human cloning, mandatory vaccines, Green New Deal and standardized testing.
“Having more students from around the nation and world brings more perspectives to the issues being debated and makes for richer debates,” Mr. Bauschard said. “The tournament is incredibly diverse.”
Division winners include Brooklyn Technical High School (NY), Foothill High School (CA), Golden State Academy (CA), Lexington High School (MA), In-Tech Academy (NY), Mamaroneck High School (NY), Newark Science (NJ), North Broward High School (FL), Poly Prep Country Day (NY), Stuyvesant High School (NY).
About 20 members of the Lakeland District Debate Team, comprised of students at Lakeland High School and Walter Panas High School, helped run the event and judged middle school events. The event, held on a competition platform developed by Walter Panas alum Priten Shah, went smoothly.
“Everything ran really well and on time,” Mr. Bauschard said. “Everybody was very happy with the experience.”