Shorian Nation eNews
March 5th, 2023
District K-12 Art Show
We are excited to announce that, after several years of being virtual, the Art Show will return to an in-person format in 2023. Even more thrilling is Business Owner of EOS Cafe and Coffee House's Tony Zarife has graciously offered to host our art during the month of March. We recently met with Manager Hillary Knapp to begin planning this immersive art experience!
Approximately 20 pieces, 100 in total, are displayed from each building, hand-selected based on exemplary skills, creativity, and innovative ideas including Scholastic award winners!
That's right. Our Lake Shore student artists are featured inside a popular brick-and-mortar business for an entire month! Founded in 2016, the 30625 Jefferson Ave location prides themselves on high-quality ingredients and customer service. But we think the best part is their community love and humanitarian efforts.
The High School Experience and New Student Open House
Mark your calendars for two events designed specifically to give you a great first and lasting impression.
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.
Our 2023 New Student Open House at Kennedy Middle School will occur on Wednesday, March 15th at 6pm and offers incoming 6th graders and potential new students a chance to see what we have to offer.
In addition, our secondary teaching staff have made a brief recording to introduce themselves and share their favorite part about Lake Shore Public Schools:
Lake Shore High School
Kennedy Middle 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.
Save the Date: 2023 Kindergarten Roundup
Save the Date: 2023 Kindergarten Roundup
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023 at 6pm
Lake Shore High School Performance Gym
Take your first steps toward graduation with Lake Shore Public Schools during this fun and informative evening filled with all things Kindergarten!
Parents and future Class of 2036 students will meet our amazing teachers, principals, and superintendent, 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.
March Madness and Egg My Yard
Please consider supporting our Lake Shore Foundation for Educational Excellence by marking your calendar for these two upcoming traditions:
The LSFEE and Michael Agnello Jewelers presents March Madness!
Join the entire Shorian Nation as we cheer our teachers on in their battle to win the Championship of the Year!
During this fun-filled family event, you will have the opportunity to take part in games, raffles, 50/50 drawings, watch student performances, and root for your favorites on the court!
Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults, or $12 for families. Purchase tickets before the game online at https://tce.me/ijkUIm
“Egg My Yard" is back for the third season! Lake Shore Education for Excellence Easter Bunny "helpers" will be out on the evening of Saturday, April 8th, 2023, placing eggs for your little ones to find.
Egg packages are available: 12 eggs for $15, 25 eggs for $25, 50 eggs for $35, or 100 eggs for $50. Purchase your eggs by March 29th (hurry spots fill quickly!) at https://tinyurl.com/2023eggs
If you have any questions, please reach out to Jack Dick at email@example.com.
The LSFEE is totally separate from Lake Shore Public Schools and Board of Education. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees from the community who are responsible for generating contributions, approving grant applications, and allocating funds.
Your contributions will directly benefit students in our community. To make a donation, use this document: https://www.lakeshoreschools.org/.../DisplayFile.aspx...
Are you a new family wanting to enroll for the 2023-2024 school year?
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center's Open Enrollment registration packets will be available for pick up only beginning Monday, March 13th.
Open Enrollment for new families takes place on Saturday, March 18th.
Our LSECC has received a four star quality rating from Great Start to Quality, Michigan's quality rating and improvement system for child care and preschool, preparing children to succeed in school and in life.
Great Start to Quality rates the level of quality of all licensed and registered child care and preschool programs in Michigan.
"Making sure we provide children in our care with the best experience possible, is not only our job, it's our privilege," said Kelly Biondo, Early Childhood Coordinator. "By participating in Great Start to Quality we earn recognition for our hard work. We also get ongoing support and training so we can keep improving the quality of care we provide."
Built in 1950, our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center, formally known as Shores Child Care is the place to enroll your littlest learners.
Let Your Child's Career with Lake Shore Begin with Us is the slogan we like to use as we welcome families to our newly renovated childcare facility.
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 Updates and Summer Break (2/2023)
- Bond Mailer (1/2023)
- Bond Overview and Schedule
- Bond Updates
- Project List
To learn more about the bond proposal, please visit the Lake Shore Public Schools' website.
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 HUMILITY and LOVE OF LEARNING.
People with the character strength of humility do not seek the spotlight. They let their actions speak for themselves.
We are thrilled to present our Certificates of Shorian Love for the 2022-2023 school year, presented by our Shorian Nation. National Honors Society and National Junior Honors Society students from Lake Shore High School and Kennedy Middle School made in-person celebratory announcements to 40 businesses and people in total.
Winners were chosen from the results of a Community Favorites Survey, shared in November. In addition to the certificate, winners also received a flower, LS window decal, and hand written card from a student.
These businesses are led by truly humble people and we are excited to honor the following places:
FAVORITE BOWLING ALLEY
FAVORITE BUDGET-FRIENDLY MEAL
FAVORITE COFFEE SHOP
FAVORITE GROCERY STORE
Viviano Flower Shop
Veterans Memorial Park
Stewart Fine Portraits
Johnny Z's Pizzeria
FAVORITE CAR DEALERSHIP
Roy O’Brien Ford
FAVORITE MEAT SHOP
Frank's Jefferson Prime Meat & Deli
Michael Agnello Jewelers
FRIEND OF LAKE SHORE
Marc Platt from Michigan Insurance and Financial Services
North Shores Nutrition
Virgil Johnson at 7-Eleven
Anna Swartz at Shores Magazine
Manns Brothers Painting
My Deal Graphics
Dr. Carl Papa from Shorewood Kiwanis
Peter Built Construction
St. Clair Shores Police Department
St. Clair Shores Fire Department
Senior Carsen Best was happy to be a part of this #OtherPeopleMatter activity. He said, "It meant a lot to give unexpected honors to our community. The custard Wally's offered to us was such a pay it forward move. It was delicious!"
Students from Kennedy Middle School also enjoyed themselves. Shawn Brosnan commented, "It made me feel good to show appreciation to the community and it was nice to make someone's day!"
A special thank you to bus drivers Dave Gill, Don McGarvah, and Joan Thomas for the transportation and to Val Harvey for coordinating the route! We also appreciate Wally's for surprising one bus with frozen custards!
Bonus: Thank you to LSHS Secretary Kim DeCruydt for making sure all certificates were printed and assembled correctly. We also appreciate Mrs. Taormina's Health classes for writing the thank you notes and Dr. DiPonio, Mr. Plotkowski, Mrs. Gough, Ms. Nabors, and Mrs. Rancilio for chaperoning the trip.
People with the character strength of love of learning master new topics on their own or in school. We are offering a month-long demonstration what our Shorian artists do best at Lake Shore in March 2023. For more information about our K-12 District Art Show, visit this link.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are Wellness Spirit Week (3/6-3/10) and OPM - Identifying and appreciating the good in others (3/13-3/17).
March is Reading Month
We are enthusiastic about books and how our elementary schools will begin reading the same book, A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold.
The One Book, One School initiative has been coordinated by Mrs. Husek at Violet Elementary since 2017. Like previous years, our reading committees chose A Boy Called Bat because it is an easy and accessible read for families while teaching about experiences and challenges at school and at home. Joining her leadership is Mrs. Peacock at Masonic Heights and Ms. Haas at Rodgers.
At their kickoff superhero-themed assembly, Masonic Heights Elementary Principal Mr. Barranca shared reading goals, filling students with excitement.
Every family in grades K-5 received one copy of the book, using at-risk grant funding, with a coordinated reading schedule which is to be completed at home with families. There will be questions and conversations. There will be fun trivia game, a prize drawing at the end of the month, and other themed events!
Follow along with our March is Reading Month calendars to review the elementary schedules:
Masonic Heights: https://www.lakeshoreschools.org/.../DisplayFile.aspx...
Bonus: The Lake Shore Foundation's generous grant donation to our elementary media centers allowed a special shelf to be filled with books that deal with social-emotional issues for students and teachers to enjoy!
Wellness Through Fitness
Each new day is a new opportunity to improve yourself. Take it and make the most of it.
Track coach Ms. Phillips has provided her athletes with Spring conditioning opportunities after school. A workout is scheduled 3x per week inside our upgraded and newly renovated, state-of-the-art weight room.
This Lake Shore Public Schools investment improves athletic performance and benefits overall health. It reduces the risks of injury, increases strength, contributes to agility, quickness, and power, and optimizes and improves movement.
Added to the weight room were new dumbbell sets, lifting racks, cardio equipment, kettlebells and therapy bands. Space has been optimized to include 12 stations for lifting. An outdoor turfed training area was added to allow athletes to work on additional exercises and include baseball and softball pitching.
It is our hope that our Strength and Conditioning Physical Education classes will explode with enrollment as students of all shapes, sizes, and athletic ability choose wellness through fitness.
Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers would like to see all coaches take advantage of the weight room, which currently opens at 6:30am and is available well into the evening hours year-round. He said, "By the 2023-24 school year, our coaching staff and teams will be required to use this facility for practice. It will become a norm and part of our culture."
Upstanders Program Returns
A selective group of 50 Upstander students met for the first time this month to take part in Defeat the Label's activities; The Upstander program is designed to engage students in a meaningful, relevant conversation about negative social behaviors that lead to bullying within their school. This is accomplished through eight interactive workshops that provide education and promote team building and advocacy for the issue.
In their first session they discussed what it takes to start a movement. In small groups, students were asked to draw toast. A conversation followed that prompted students to share what they noticed about the drawings and in particular, what they all had in common. They analyzed their outcomes to determine how the toast drawings linked to movements. They also learned about the 4 key characteristics to start a movement: communication, creativity, courage, and teamwork.
Defeat the Label is a Michigan based and internationally known non-profit organization that is empowering students in classrooms around the globe. Defeat the Label believes that in order to end bullying, we have to put the power back where it belongs, in the hands of our students.
Thank you Jamie Kaniarz, Executive Director, for your 7 years of leadership at Lake Shore High School and to Todd Stevens, Assistant Principal, for facilitating this program.
Freshman Meredith Green said, "I am looking forward to helping become part of an uprising of upstanders who understand how important standing up for what's right is."
For more information, visit http://defeatthelabel.com/.
Bonus: In addition to our Defeat the Label programming, Lake Shore Public Schools offers the following Prevention/Social Inclusivity: Positivity Project, Challenge Day, W.E.B. Ambassadors, Service Projects, Therapy Animals, Expanded Clubs and Activities, Daily Wellness Check Ins, and OK2SAY Anonymous Reporting.
100th Day of School
It is the official 100th day of school, a perfect reason to celebrate!
Our elementary students moved through stations that had everyone counting, demonstrating their newly acquired knowledge of numbers and quantities up to 100. We loved seeing them work together to read 100 books, stack 100 cups, create trail mix using 100 snacks, design a crafty 100's day hat, and make a 100's day gumball machine! They even dressed in creative outfits to celebrate the occasion!
Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Sheats from Rodgers Elementary used automated age-progression software to make her kids look old.
The 100th day of school is a day worth celebrating with gusto and Lake Shore Public Schools truly knows how to throw a party. With their 100th Centennial Celebration afoot, this 100th day of school was a rehearsal for the monumental event, which will kickoff in June!
Bonus: In addition, today was the 5th Graders 1,000th day of school since they began Kindergarten. The entire 5th grade at Rodgers Elementary made a paperchain to represent their 1,000 days of learning and growth. They reflected on their years and shared stories on each of the strips of paper. The students were having a blast walking down memory lane.
Underwater Remote Operated Vehicle Results
In Mr. Gardiner, Ms. Ryan, and Mr. West's STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Special, these three teachers partnered with Square One Network to advance engineering and foster an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit within their elementary students.
Congratulations to our ROV Competition participants and awardees. The results from this Saturday, February 25th are as follows, another perfect example of love of learning:
Elementary 1st: Violet
Elementary 2nd: Masonic Heights
Elementary 3rd: Rodgers
Elementary Ambassadorship Award: Rodgers
Elementary Presentation Award: Violet
Elementary Craftsmanship: Masonic Heights
Elementary Engineering Design: Rodgers
Elementary Innovation Award: Violet
Elementary Square One: Masonic Heights
National Honor Society Induction
The National Honor Society celebrates students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Lake Shore High School NHS chapter held its induction ceremony last evening welcoming 40 new members to their group. We are proud to recognize the following students for their accomplishments which allow them to be a member of such a prestigious organization:
Class of 2023
Carson Best, Joshua Blevins, Christina Cantin, Madison Carlisle, Carlie Chamberlain, Jymirah Chatman, Jaidyn Davis, Paige Dandridge, Alyssa Deason, Samantha Dietz, Alyssa Estes, Cady Fields, Madeline Fremont, Emma Fries, Richelle Gattinger, Miles Huffman, Lindsay Jacob, Isabella Keith, Tyler Kiroski, Troy Lorenger, Faith Lowry, Emma Miller, Brian Milstead, Piper Nysen, Jamie Owens, Enno Papadhima, Peyton Peiffer, Ryan Peters, Michael Pilka, Saleh Presley, Cameron Salk, De'Kyra Stinson, Owen Storbeck, Mariah Studavent, Kelsey Wargo, Anna Whittle, Ashton Wilbraham
Class of 2024
Brian Agbay, Mary August, Michael Bentley, Emily Biddle, Zachary Cardenas, Andrew Creson, Beau DeTar, Tia Dixon, Eric Dubiel Jr, Isabella Figurski, Annika Florek, Owen Fromius, Grace Hanke, Natalie Leydet, Ella Mainhardt, Ava Maison, Andrew Maison, Jay'la McClain, Owen McSherry, Skylar Merten, Samiul Miah, Adelia Nasir, Ava Pittiglio, Keith Reeves, Michael Roda, Nathan Smith, Christopher Taylor Jr, Jacob Trojan, Julia Weiss, Marissa White
February Slurpee Surprise Honorees
Congratulations to our February Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:
Lake Shore Early Childhood Center
Myalee Starr - Love
Masonic Heights Elementary
Mrs. Peters - Kindness
Johnathan Catenacci - Supporting others when they struggle
Leland Lisecki - Leadership
Juliana Poorman - Kindness
Avery Rogers - Curiosity
Cobi Gaigalas - Love
Alex Bakotich - Teamwork
Kennedy Corona - Leadership
Mrs. Frank - Kindness
Kennedy Middle School
Tristan Haroutunian - Curiosity
Nadia Hunt - Kindness
Maxson Pojeta - Kindness
Isabella Warrix - Creativity
Lake Shore High School
Kailey Pairgin - Kindness
Det. Drulia - Teamwork
Lauren Maciejewski - Love of Learning
Trevor Kanka - Helping Others
Brooklynn Covington - Kindness
Lataysia Seamster - Kindness
North Lake High School
Allison Chenoweth - Knowing my words and actions affect others
Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries! Because of Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity from 7-Eleven store #27162, these are FREE slurpees!
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.
Read this story featuring the Boys Swim Team and their Silver Division Championship win.
Athletes of the Week
Congratulations to Senior Drew Petty for signing his letter of intent to play Football at Albion College.
The end of Winter sports is the beginning of Spring. Yes, Spring is coming. Spring means a new swag turnover chain for Kennedy Middle School which was created by Design and Build teacher Nathan Heier using a 3D printer that was funded by the Lake Shore Foundation! Students use all 3 printers for projects like keychains.
Before we move forward, we'd like to give these celebratory recognitions, one more time, to the following Winter Athletes of the Week:
-Brendan Dreisbach, goalie for our Saint Clair Shores Unified Hockey team
-Madison Foster, member of the KMS Competitive Cheer team
-Isobel Wharff, member of the Varsity Wrestling team
-Joshua Sewell, member of the 7th grade Basketball team
-Alex Lorenger, member of 8th grade Basketball team
-Adam Rach, member of the Varsity Basketball team
-Richelle Gattinger, member of the Varsity Cheer team
-Ryatt Radamski, member of Wrestling team
-Emma Fries, member of the Varsity Basketball team
-Julianne Ahearn, member of the KMS Cheer team
-Zephan Lazar, member of Varsity Bowling team
-Elisa Henry, member of the Wrestling team
-T'maria Fountain, member of the White Cheer team
-Lacie Walker, member of the Blue Cheer team
-Mayzie Gray, member of the White Cheer team
-Connor Knight, member of Varsity Bowling team
-Bella Misuraca, member of the Varsity Cheer team
-Anniyah Downer, member of the Cheer Blue team
-Damontae Andrews, Logan Foster, and Collin Taylor, members of the Wrestling team
-Izabella Gabow, member of the 8th grade Girls' Basketball team
-Adysen Green, member of the 7th grade Girls' Basketball team
AOTW nominations will resume in April. Thank you to all of the coaches who submitted the form and to our Athletic Coordinator Rich Bowers for making the tough selections!
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