Shorian Nation eNews

January 25th, 2021

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Newsletter Overview

Within this Shorian Nation eNews, you will review mental health matters week, current building schedules, positivity project, CDC reminders, and stories highlighting inspiration, innovation, and celebration.

We are committed to keeping you informed as we confront COVID-19 together. If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 as it pertains to school and your needs, please email

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Building Schedules

To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link and follow the current schedules linked below:

Lake Shore High School
Hybrid and Virtual Schedules

Exam Schedule

North Lake High School

S1 Overview
Hybrid Schedule
Virtual Schedule

Kennedy Middle School


End of S1 Schedule

Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries
Hybrid Schedule

Virtual Schedule

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityinAction mindset is our top priority. These past two weeks we focused on the character strengths of PRUDENCE and PERSEVERANCE.

People with the character strength of prudence plan for the future and achieve their goals by making careful everyday choices.

Our 1st inaugural Mental Health Matters Week, which ran from January 11th-15th, was where Lake Shore Public Schools and our local partners teamed up to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and to celebrate the resilience in you.

We kicked off our week by having Senior President Lexi Batayeh and members from Lake Shore High School’s Class of 2021 and Student Council leaders from Violet Elementary give pieces of advice through these powerful lawn signs that will rotate in front of buildings. It is important to make prudent decisions about your mental health.

People with the character strength of perseverance complete what they start despite obstacles. They never give up.

Our Homework Club at Kennedy Middle School is an important spot for all students to get assistance on their assignments. Intervention Specialists Mrs. Livernois, Mrs. May, and Mr. Wilson create a welcoming environment that applauds perseverance as students work through academic challenges. Roughly one-third of students use Homework Club with the majority of assistance in mathematics and language arts.

Sixth grader Ruby Pokorske enjoys Homework Club because she can avoid the distractions at her home by using this school space. She added, "It is a calming place where I feel free to ask questions." She also complimented the work of Intervention Specialist Mrs. Livernois by writing, "She works so hard, yet is so kind to everyone. I would like to thank her for getting me this far. I have moved schools my whole life, but for once, I love this school and will work harder every semester!"

2021 is throwing a lot of challenges our way. Tapping into our positive relationships and our character strengths, by demonstrating #PositivityInAction, will be critical in helping us be resilient and successful in the face of these tough times.

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are SUPPORTING OTHERS WHEN THEY STRUGGLE (1/24-1/30) and INTEGRITY (1/31-2/6).

CDC Reminders

Take steps to care for yourself and help protect others at Lake Shore Public Schools and our community by practicing healthy habits to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Wear a mask
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  • Clean and then disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Put space between yourself and others

Learn more about staying safe and healthy by visiting the CDC website.

Mask Up Lake Shore Public Schools


Mental Health Matters Week Recap

Thank you, Shorian Nation, for your participation in our Mental Health Matters Week!

Thank you to our district social workers, community partners, student councils, Smoothie King, and community, staff, and student participants for assisting with discussions and informational materials, lawn sign creations and setups, videos, giveaways, and themed spirit days. After reviewing all of the content, it is safe to assume that Pajama Day was a favorite.

Congratulations to the following Smoothie King winners, which will be delivered on January 25th: Cris Belanger and Deanna Snay, Alyson Hachey and Marie Ottinger, Dawn White and Suzanne Reed, Lisa Vigna and Vance Harvey. We loved reading your compliments!

Mental Health Matters Monday

WEAR: Superhero!

WATCH AND LEARN: Social Workers from LSPS discussed “what is mental health” and provided resources on how to pay attention to our mental health.

TRY IT: Answer 3 questions using this Edpuzzle:

Tired Tuesday

WEAR: Pajamas!

WATCH AND LEARN: Board Members, Parents, and Teachers compiled a Tip List to assist the Shorian Nation with staying on top of studies and avoiding late nights:

TRY IT: All 200 teachers sent 1 #myLSPSMascotMail postcard to 1 student.

Wellness Wednesday

WEAR: A favorite jersey or team gear!

WATCH AND LEARN: Cheryl Muscott from the American Heart Association talks about some of the ways you can get more movement into your day! Learn about tips for using exercise to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression. Andrienne Gasperoni from CARE talks about social-emotional wellness. Jamie Kaniarz from Defeat the Label shares the importance of being an upstander to end injustice and intolerance.

TRY IT: Find your way to move! Watch this Flipgrid to view exercises created by our own Shorian Nation:

Talk P2 Thursday

WEAR: Green to represent the Positivity Project!

WATCH AND LEARN: Because of our goal, through the Positivity Project, is to inspire students to build positive relationships and become their best selves while recognizing that our virtual and hybrid learning models feel like relationship obstacles, we invited our Shorian Nation to remind you of all 24 character strengths.

TRY IT: Using Padlet, post your top character strength:

Fun Friday

WEAR: Something that demonstrates a passion!

WATCH AND LEARN: The greatest gift you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. Choir Teachers Jamee Perryman and Kelsey Elkins inspired us with their performance of Happiness from You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown: Fifth grader Mason Schornak reminds us of his talented vocal performance from our 2020 virtual talent show by singing Memories by Maroon 5:

TRY IT: Let’s create an upcoming virtual talent show. Submit this form so we can contact you to compile talent show clips across the district:

Alumni Spotlight: Warren Rothe

When you enroll in Lake Shore Public Schools, you not only join a prestigious school, but also become part of a family. And when you graduate, your experiences create the launching pad for a successful career. Lake Shore recognizes alumni who bring honor to our school district through work in their career or community like Class of 2013's Warren Rothe.

Nominate a graduate to be recognized for significant professional/personal achievements, discoveries, or creative work and exhibiting our core values by sending us an email at


Kindergarteners Exercised Their Right to Vote

The inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States and Kamala Harris as vice president will mark the commencement of the four-year term.

In Mrs. Boren's Kindergarten class at Masonic Heights Elementary, students were given the opportunity to vote back in November.

This cause and effect process was created by what we do beginning today.


LSPS Community Photorama

Join us from the comfort of your own vehicle by participating in Lake Shore Public Schools Community Photorama!

To celebrate our love for community businesses while recognizing post-Valentine's Day, we have created a fun way to explore and discover the city of Saint Clair Shores on Saturday, February 27th from 1pm-3pm.

We are requesting students of all levels to take photographs of themselves at different destinations, earning points along the way. Students will connect to their community and provide donations, too! Once complete, the team leader will access our Serving Shorians group at

to submit those photos and potentially win prizes! Here are the prize categories based on cumulative time and points:


-Middle School

-High School

-Best Photograph

-Overall Winner

To register your team (vehicle), please submit this form no later than February 14th: More information will be shared as we get closer to the date. For specific questions, contact our Virtual Learning and Media Coordinator Tasha Candela at

P.S. Don't forget to represent the Shorian Nation at this event by wearing red and white gear. If you need to purchase some, our Lake Shore baseball is hosting an apparel sale. Use this link to order today:

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Celebrating Civil Rights Leader's Legacy

To honor Martin Luther King, Jr., Mrs. Bolen and Mr. Carney's students at Lake Shore High School collaborated to create an 80-piece mural in Senior Leadership and Art Club.
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