Shorian Nation eNews
April 23rd, 2023
Lake Shore Welcomes Class of 2036
We are appreciative of the effort put into welcoming and celebrating our Class of 2036 Kindergarteners.
Over 150 Class of 2036 students were given a warm welcome tonight at our 2023 Kindergarten Roundup event. Future Tigers, Rockets, and All-Stars enjoyed the readiness activities, bus tours, cold treats, and commitment signings while parents felt supported by welcoming staff members and current student leaders. The energy encouraged smiles.
All kids are truly the best part of our schools and we were excited to provide these educational experiences while learning how to prepare for this exciting first year of school.
LSPS offers students full-day comprehensive instruction in core academic areas of English Language Arts, reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies. Students also receive instruction from specialized teachers from technology, art, music, and physical education.
Thank you Superintendent Dr. DiPonio, Elementary Principals Mr. Barranca, Mr. Baalaer, and Ms. Grassi, and our teachers, support staff, student volunteers, student-athletes, and mascots for your leadership at this event.
Enroll as a new resident or new schools of choice student by using this link.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Bonus: As a way to continue to celebrate our next batch of eager Kindergartners, please send a photo with your Class of 2036 lawn sign to email@example.com; Your submission will be entered into a drawing for a Lake Shore swag home delivery! #myLSPSKinders
The High School Experience
During our 2023 The High School Experience at Lake Shore High School, staff will be available on Thursday, April 27th at 6pm to share information and answer questions about the transition to high school.
In addition, our LSHS teaching staff have made a brief recording to introduce themselves and share their favorite part about Lake Shore Public Schools:
Lake Shore High School
Visit Lake Shore Public Schools so you can meet our world-class staff, get a tour of our facilities, and most importantly, experience the Lake Shore difference. Enrollment is open, applications are available, and we are ready for you to become part of the Shorian Nation.
Music is the voice of the soul.
Back by popular demand, Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School Bands will perform live as a prelude to Music on the Lake on Tuesday, May 23rd inside the shell at Veterans Memorial Park.
Join us for a night of music and fun as we celebrate these performances from 5-8:30pm with an official start time of 6pm. There is free admission, but donations will be accepted at the gate. Please bring your blankets, lawn chairs, but come hungry as food trucks such as BBQ Daddy and V's Barista have been secured for this event. It will be a Shorian Spectacular, family-friendly evening for all!
Enrollment is Open
Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year is open!
Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment. Our students are empowered to excel in an evolving global society, supported by the collaborative effort of staff, families, and community.
From preschool through our graduating seniors, Lake Shore students are a part of a strong school system that works hard every day for the benefit of our students. Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, and Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do.
Enroll as a new resident or schools of choice student for the 2023-24 school year by visiting http://lakeshoreschools.org/enrollment/enroll
Please email Enrollment@lsps.org with any questions.
We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family: https://youtu.be/cnI0-L49tfc
The Lake Shore Public Schools' Board of Education approved a $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond proposal for the May 3rd, 2022 ballot and it passed!
Lake Shore has a strong legacy of being excellent stewards of the community’s resources. We are committed to provide you with bond updates as we continue to prioritize our students' future.
- Bond Mailers (Coming Soon!)
- Bond Building-Specific Boards (3/2023)
- Bond Updates and Summer Break (2/2023)
- Bond Overview and Schedule
- Bond Updates
- Project List
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
Save the Date Celebrations
Please save the dates for the following ceremonies:
Lake Shore High School MoCI Graduation Ceremony
Wednesday, May 24th at 9:00am
Lake Shore High School Honors Night
Thursday, June 1st at 6:30pm
100th LSHS Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, June 3rd at 10:00am
John U'ren Stadium
Class of 2023 Senior Memory DVD and Graduation DVD preorder information
6th Grade Awards
Wednesday, June 7th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
7th Grade Awards
Thursday, June 8th at 2:30pm
Kennedy Middle School Gym
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center Preschool Graduation
Friday, June 9th at 2:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Monday, June 12th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
North Lake High School Commencement Ceremony
Monday, June 12th at 6:30pm
Rodgers Elementary Kindergarten Celebrations
Tuesday, June 13th (Mrs. Pillars and Mrs. Sheats) and Wednesday, June 14th (Ms. O'Shee and Ms. Wojcik) at 2pm
Rodgers Elementary Cafeteria
8th Grade Awards
Tuesday, June 13th at 6:30pm
Masonic Heights Elementary Kindergarten Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at TBA
Masonic Heights Elementary
Violet Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Wednesday, June 14th at 6:00pm
John U'ren Stadium
Rodgers Elementary 5th Grade Celebration
Thursday, June 15th at 10:00am
Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. These past three weeks we focused on the character strengths of FAIRNESS and APPRECIATION OF BEAUTY AND EXCELLENCE.
People with the character strength of fairness believe that all people have value. They approach situations with an unbiased mindset and treat everyone with respect.
Coaches are always analyzing player performances, demonstrating skills, providing encouragement and honesty with both players and parents. They teach fair play to their teammates and opponents. This includes modeling and demanding good sportsmanship. Winning isn't everything. Accepting bad calls by refs, treating every player the same, and applying team rules to all players is.
Carl Agosta believes in giving every one of his softball players a fair chance. He said, "Fairness means everybody has the opportunity to play a starting position. I do not determine the batting order; They do." In a motivational speech at tryouts, Coach Agosta encouraged athletes to commit to a good attitude and he would provide them with the same opportunity to coaching support.
We are truly grateful for our strong team of fall, winter, and spring coaching staff who teach moral ethics through modeling good sportsmanship and fairness.
People with the character strength of appreciation of beauty and excellence notice and value the world’s beauty and people’s skills. They don’t take things for granted.
During our 2023 The High School Experience at Lake Shore High School, staff will be available on Thursday, April 27th at 6pm to share information and answer questions about the transition to high school. Families will appreciate the true beauty and excellence that is our current high school. We highly encourage our Kennedy Middle School students to join us!
As you may have noticed, our building-specific bond boards have been completed and reflect the changes that are coming soon to our schools.
New construction, interior and exterior work, plumbing, HVAC system, lighting, technology and safety/security, site paving, and site improvements are all parts of our districtwide renovations.
To learn more about the $66.7 million no tax-rate increase bond, visit https://www.lakeshoreschools.org/bond_information.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are Purpose (4/24-4/28) and Enthusiasm (5/1-5/5).
Standardized testing season has begun. As partners in your child’s education, we are asking for your support in ensuring your child’s attendance and reminding your child of the importance of taking his/her time and putting forth their best effort on these assessments.
Off topic, we are curious about where our secondary students learn outside of the traditional classroom and away from the desks that they are fastened to this month during test administration.
Field trips provide authentic, hands-on experiential learning opportunities where students can connect what they are learning in the classroom in a real world context.
Mrs. Meldrum's Spanish II and III students had the opportunity to take Salsa lessons from Mambo Marci at the Whirl of Entertainment. Prior to this visit, students learned about some famous Salsa dancers during Hispanic Heritage Month. Sophomore Jack Ferguson loves music. He commented, "I found it interesting how Salsa has been added to mainstream music."
Mrs. Tharme’s AP and Honors classes from Lake Shore High School went to the DIA and the John K. King Book store downtown. Alyson Senish said, "It was a wonderful experience to enjoy the art and have the opportunity to buy rare books!"
Mrs. Blaszkowski's media classes from Lake Shore High School visited Little Caesars Arena to see how it all works behind the scenes and see a Detroit Pistons game.
The Detroit Shrine Circus held a special performance for our special needs students from Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School.
Mr. Gillich's 6th grade science classes from Kennedy Middle School visited a portable planetarium inside the classroom using StarLab projector. Students sat in the inflatable planetarium and were engaged with their teacher's challenge of focusing on one constellation.
Thank you for providing these enrichment opportunities for our students.
MACAE Member Profile
Michigan Adult, Community and Alternative Education (MACAE) Association has featured our own Lake Shore ACA Director Dr. Jeff Lip in their new video series entitled MACAE Member Profiles!
The purpose of these interviews is to chronicle the history as an association but most importantly to get to know some of the fantastic and outstanding individuals in the adult, alternative and community education landscape.
Executive Director Patrick Brown said, “I want to thank Jeff for sitting down with me and sharing his professional story, vision and the trajectory of where your district programs are heading. You have a strong legacy of programming at Lake Shore and I know the program is a point of pride and continues to grow under Jeff's leadership.”
In Mrs. DeSandre's Language Arts class at Kennedy Middle School, eighth graders were engaged in personalized learning through eSpark and Read Naturally.
With standards-based games, videos, and digital activities, students worked independently on eSpark to succeed at their own level and pace. While some were working on pattern recognition and various units of measurement, others were making inferences and summarizing texts.
To continue to develop literacy, Read Naturally was introduced as a way to support students with fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
Both eSpark and Read Naturally provides the class with opportunities to address learning challenges. Mrs. DeSandre is pleased with these programs. She said, "It closes the achievement gap. It flags me when a student needs help and I enjoy providing that additional support. It also gives me the data I need for development."
After the first 15 minutes of these warmup activities, the class used General Education material to preread, summarize, highlight, and annotate together. It was a great way to prepare and give them confidence when they enter other classes.
Autism Acceptance Month
Lake Shore Public Schools works to #CelebrateDifferences for Autism Acceptance Month.
Almost 50 years have passed since the Autism Society held the first National Autism Awareness month in April of 1970. Since then, autism has become the fastest growing diagnosis in the world, with the diagnosis rate of children with autism increasing from 1 in every 2000 children in the 1970's and 1980's to 1 in every 68 children today.
As part of Autism Speaks’ Light it Up Blue campaign, Rodgers Elementary wore blue to show support during Autism Awareness. Keep an eye out for local and global landmarks showing their support by changing their lighted colors to blue.
Principal Mr. Baalaer of Rodgers said, "I believe celebrating Autism Awareness month is so important. I think it raises the idea of promoting acceptance and inclusion among everyone. Autism Awareness month allows individuals to learn about what makes individuals with ASD different and accept them for the amazing minds they have. It is a time to embrace each other’s differences and accept everyone for who they are."
Thank you to the entire Shorian Nation for sharing your pride for Autism Acceptance Month this week!
We count on our substitute teachers, the people who teach a class when our regular teachers are unavailable.
Substitute teachers maintain classroom discipline and carry on the classroom procedures so that instruction isn't interrupted. Lake Shore subs are kind, caring people who adapt to any situation and are always up for a challenge.
We are so lucky to have substitutes like Lake Shore Class of 2017 graduate Gino Maniaci who has been subbing in a long-term English Resource Room position at Lake Shore High School and we appreciate their sincere love of learning.
We also appreciate Jeanenne Cappo, Employee Services Coordinator, for securing our classroom substitutes. She started at Lake Shore Public Schools in 1986 and has been dedicated to her roles and has the best interest of the district in mind.
Brag Book Celebrates DeKyra Stinson
Local 4 bragged about DeKyra Stinson on Rhonda’s Brag Book segment. https:// DeKyra is a Lake Shore High School honor student who is determined to excel academically and creatively despite dealing with a health condition.
Teachers of the Year
In February, Lake Shore Public Schools proudly announced the following 2023 Teachers of the Year:
2023 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR
Masonic Heights Elementary's Stephanie Couck
Rodgers Elementary’s Julie Pillars
Violet Elementary's Amy DiCosmo
Kennedy Middle School's Neal Gillich
Lake Shore High School's John Daly
The Outstanding Teacher of the Year Macomb county recognition took place on Thursday, April 20th at Mirage Banquet Hall to celebrate these Shorian educators.
The TOY will also be recognized at Monday, April 24th Board Meeting. A certificate will be presented. Awards will be received within the next few weeks.
We would also like to continue to celebrate them with a preferred VIP parking spot, that will be painted by Mark and his wife from Manns Brothers Painting. We appreciate Custodian Steve for rolling the base coats. Mascots have offered to serve as their valet, but they have yet to earn their driver's licenses.
Bonus: Manns Brother Painting will also repaint our Rock in front of Lake Shore High School. We love watching this rock change designs.
Double Bonus: Employee Appreciation Week runs from May 8th-12th!
Class of 2023 Throwbacks
We are sharing a lesson on time.
And then they blinked.
Some days we wish we could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice. Our Class of 2023 can reminisce about skating sessions, fun fairs, 6th grade camp, dances, favorite teachers, riding the bus, and many other firsts through photographs.
This past Wednesday we held our annual Kindergarten Roundup, but first we look back at photos like Aidan Catlin with his two thumbs up. A positive attitude will lead to positive outcomes.
Bonus: Congratulations to Lake Shore High School Senior Christina Cantin, recognized at the Macomb County All-Academic Awards Banquet!
Michigan Green Schools
We celebrate Earth Day by honoring environmental achievements.
Congratulations to Lake Shore Public Schools for encouraging students to participate in activities that are good for the environment and promote energy efficiency and savings; Your efforts earned the following LSPS buildings Macomb County Green Schools designations:
Kennedy Middle School: Evergreen
Violet Elementary: Emerald
Masonic Heights Elementary: Green
Established in 2006, the Michigan Green Schools program is open to any K-12 public or private school in Michigan. To receive a “Green School” designation, each school must apply by submitting an appropriate application to the county/intermediate school district in which the school is located each year. The intent of the Michigan Green Schools Program is to encourage students to participate in activities which help them learn about preserving natural resources, protecting the environment, and to promote energy efficiency and savings.
Bonus: Students at Rodgers Elementary shared how they would help the Earth in these poster displays.
Double Bonus: For the 2nd year, Mrs. Fergusson's Science students from Lake Shore High School will complete Earth Day activities with Masonic Heights Elementary
Congratulations to our April Smoothie Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Clare Sanders - Perseverance
Masonic Heights Elementary
Juliette Jemison - Courage
Jacob Sobanski - Integrity
Olivia Giles - Kindness
Robyn Nicholl - Bravery
Callie Green - Kindness
Katharina Wil - Love
Bryce Collier - Love of Learning
Nora Martinez - Enthusiasm
Emma Sanchez - Perspective
Kennedy Middle School
- Anthony Traver - Humor
- Kayla Haislip - Kindness
- Brendan Castro - Humor
- Alexis Finazzo - Kindness
Lake Shore High School
Robin Gill - Humor
Vinnie Mahoukpo Perseverance
Paige Hogan - Kindness
Adrionna Carson - Nice
Braden Halas - Kindness
Paige May - Kindness
North Lake High School
Evan DeLaurelle - Humor
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of Store Owner Tony Zarife's generosity from EOS Cafe and Coffee House, these are FREE smoothies!
We have built a new online home for our athletic department. Our goal is to bring our athletic programs to life by sharing schedules, scores, and social media while ensuring our athletes get the promotion they deserve. Visit the Shorian Sports website for 24/7/365 access to the information you have always wanted and follow along with our sports action.
We have partnered with Kroger to help fund our athletics. Please read this letter from our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers.
Athlete of the Week
Congratulations to Charley McIntyre for being named our Athlete of the Week representing Varsity Girls' Soccer. Head Coach Gwozdz shared a glowing review with us:
Charley is an outstanding player with a knack to score goals despite starting most games on defense. Charley has scored 6 goals in her last two games. She is the leading goal scorer thus far.
Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,339 students in a safe and nurturing environment.
Our guiding principles, Inspiration, Innovation, Celebration, are woven into the fabric of everything we do and will be the focus of every update. Expect an eNews email biweekly update as a reliable way to communicate with our stakeholders.