Shorian Nation eNews

October 19th, 2020

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Dear Lake Shore Public Schools Community:

Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,217 students in a safe and nurturing environment including 1,400 students who opted for virtual learning. 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.

Your 2020 Homecoming Week begins October 19th which will include a mix of scaled-down building celebrations. We're working hard to honor this historic tradition with meaningful experiences while balancing the health and safety of the entire Shorian Nation.

This year's Homecoming theme is Turn Back Time.

Homecoming is a time to announce your Lake Shore pride. And after you’ve graduated, it’s time to return to Saint Clair Shores and reminisce about your school days. Send your Homecoming photos during your former Shorian days to for us to feature next week.

If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 as it pertains to school, please email


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 Students
Virtual Students

North Lake High School
Semester Overview
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Virtual Students

Kennedy Middle School
Hybrid Students
Virtual Students

Masonic Heights, Rodgers, Violet Elementaries
Hybrid Students
Virtual Students

2020-21 District Calendar

The 2020-21 District School Year Calendar has been revised, released, and can be downloaded at

Please refer to the District Events Calendar at for confirmation of all events and dates. On Early Release Days, which have shifted to Mondays, students will be released 45 or 90 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled dismissal time.

Did you know that you can subscribe to email alerts on our Events Calendar? Click the envelope to stay updated!

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Food Service Distribution

In an effort to support our families and greater community during this unprecedented time, Lake Shore Public Schools, in partnership with Chartwells Food Services, will continue to provide free, healthy meals to all children under 18 years old and special needs children up to age 26 regardless of where they go to school or whether they qualify for free and reduced meals. Families do not need to pay for meals or order online at this time, but can use our Nutrislice app for access to menus.

To help minimize the amount of social exposure, families and children can either drive or walk up to the following outdoor distribution location on Mondays from 11:15am-1pm and 4pm-6pm to collect 7 breakfasts and 7 lunches to take home until December 31st.

Lake Shore High School

22980 E. Thirteen Mile Road, Saint Clair Shores

We want to make sure you know that Free or Reduced Applications are available for students and that the registration process is easy, confidential and can help your children stay well nourished. You are still encouraged to check out this website for more information and to apply. Applications may take 10 business days to process.

In addition, please review the Lake Shore Church Food Pantry Schedule for an additional resource.

District Heart Challenge

Our district is proud to participate in the American Heart Association’s District Heart Challenge! We want to inspire staff to be active and learn about how to keep our hearts healthy.

Wellness Tip: Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Several studies have shown the benefits of eating breakfast every morning, and it may even help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Some studies indicate that breakfast-skippers are more likely to:

  • Be overweight or obese
  • Have diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Use tobacco
  • Not exercise regularly
  • Not get recommended amounts of important nutrients
  • Eat more calories and added sugars the rest of the day
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Technology Assistance

Our districtwide 1:1 Chromebook initiative is designed to cultivate learning. Currently, Lake Shore Public Schools has 3,400 Chromebooks distributed to both students and staff.

Chromebooks run the Google Chrome operating system, a lightweight OS that is designed to run apps over the web. The devices are protected from viruses and managed by the district through a central web console. These computers allow access to anytime, anywhere, anyway learning, and allow students to build technology skills and responsibility in a safe and caring environment.

Technology Tip: Practice Password Safety

  • Create long, complex, and unique-to-you passwords or phrases that will be tough for hackers to crack.
  • An example would be Myf@vorite$nackisBbQCh!ps.
  • Regularly change your passwords and don't share them across accounts.

If you need technology support, send an email to Parents, please include your child’s first and last name and building.

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.

LSPS Safety

We are pleased to report that all Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units in the district have been upgraded with Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 13 filters to help reduce the spread of viruses. MERV 13 filters capture airborne viruses and bacteria from coughs and sneezes and are recommended by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).

We are Hiring

Raise your hand if you’d like to join our Lake Shore Family?

We are now hiring skilled, passionate, culturally and academically diverse individuals of the highest caliber to join our team. Apply for the following positions at

  • Intervention/Remedial Specialist (elementary)
  • Secretary (high school)
  • Social Worker/Behavior Specialist
  • Lunch aids
  • Infant, toddler and preschool child caregivers
  • Before and after school School Age Child Care (SACC) caregivers
  • SACC Team Leader
  • Special Education teaching assistants (elementary, middle and high school)
  • Long term substitute teachers
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Serving Shorians: Connect and Support

Need a ride? Have an extra space in your car? Looking for a tutor or sitter? Want a card sent to an ill child?

Our Serving Shorians: LSPS Connect and Support Group will help you get plugged into Lake Shore while paying it forward.

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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 OPEN-MINDEDNESS AND BEING PRESENT.

People with the character strength of open-mindedness like to consider new ideas and try new things. They examine things from all sides and don’t jump to conclusions.

In Ms. Finn's 5th grade class at Violet Elementary, the uplifting book The Magical Yet was a perfect tool to turn a negative into a positive and remind us all that we have things we haven't learned yet. After the reading, students created YET graphics to share all that is yet to be accomplished in their own lives, listing off using three categories: You, Education, Technology. From perfecting a pirouette to filming with a green screen, our students understand that the key to all of their successes starts with open-mindness.

People with the character strength of being present like to fully enjoy the moment that their in. It is in the moment when they are calm on what they're doing without thinking about anything else.

A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way. Lake Shore has many administrators as well as student ambassadors who lead by action and example, but the person who we will focus on exhibits servant leadership and being present is Superintendent Dr. DiPonio.

The superintendent implements the school board's vision by making day-to-day decisions about educational programs, spending, staff, and facilities. This year, he led a 176 member team in the creation of our Return to Learning Plan. He did this by forming three committees, Health and Safety, Teaching and Learning, and Mental and Social-Emotional Wellbeing. He invited the community to share feedback regarding the plan. He listened. Beyond our plan, he demonstrates his passion for students by classroom read alouds and mobile graduations. He truly lives by Abraham Lincoln's famous words, Of the People, By the People, For the People.

2020 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 FORGIVENESS (10/18-10/24) and CREATIVITY (10/25-31).


Get unlimited access to watch all your Shorian events this year on the NFHS Network. We've invested in new technology that will bring you every game from the gym and stadium LIVE online so that fans of Lake Shore High School will never miss a home game!

Subscribe for unlimited access by visiting the NFHS Network. Subscriptions start at just $9.95 a month.

We believe a balance of academics and athletics creates a well-rounded student. Students who participate in sports not only gain the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle, they also learn lessons about sportsmanship, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, respect, and knowing how to win and lose.

If you have any questions about schedules or policies, please contact our John Hartley, Athletic Director, at (586) 285-8903 or


Classroom Promise

The definition of a promise is a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen. In Ms. Spriet's classroom at Masonic Heights Elementary, students created a Classroom Promise together as a way to build collective community. It says:

We are the students in Room 9. At school, we all promise to listen to the teacher. Each day we will say "good morning" to each other. We promise that we will be nice to others and be kind by not bullying. We promise to respect others in our class and use kind words. We promise to use walking feet, keep our supplies at our desks, and we will clean up after ourselves. This is our classroom promise.

Parents, do you have a home promise? We would suggest creating similar one which made including helping with folding the laundry or vacuuming the carpet.

New Faces Join Shorian Nation

Say hello to two new faces, both located at Lake Shore High School!

Amanda Nabors is a school counselor who works with Sophomores and Freshmen A-G. She attended Oakland University and has a Master's in Counseling and BA in English & History. She just graduated this spring 2020! She said, "I am proud to be part of the Shorian Nation because the staff is such an amazing bunch of people! Everyone is so friendly and you can just see they genuinely care about the students. I'm very happy to be here!"

Mary Stanley is a mathematics teacher who instructs our Algebra, Algebra II, and Geometry classes. She attended college at Central Michigan University (Fire up Chips!), graduated with a double major in secondary mathematics and physical education, and is currently getting my master's degree from Saginaw Valley State University in special education. She's always been proud to be a part of Shorian Nation as she's a Lake Shore graduate (Class of '09). She said, "It's a blessing to be back at Lake Shore. I have an amazing opportunity to be working with the teachers that inspired me to pursue a career in education."

Getting to know new staff and classmates gives us more people in our network to help navigate this often confusing life that we currently lead.



Need some encouragement, or know someone who does?

In this time of hybrid and virtual learning due to COVID-19, we imagine some Shorians feel down, or even alone. If this is you or someone you know, our mascots SHORIAN, BARRACUDA, CLIPPER, TIGER, ROCKET, and ALL-STAR want to know.

Fill out this form and one of our favorite mascots will send you a postcard of encouragement:

Spread the word! Even our mascots want to do their part to support our community. Hang in there, Shorian Nation. #myLSPSMascotMail


District Count Day

It was Count Day or Countess Day on Wednesday, October 7th. The marvelous Countesses of Lake Shore Public Schools were tasked with the responsibility of "counting" each student.

Chief Pupil Accounting Countess Cheryl Agrusa has been in charge of our federal and state reporting since 2012. She holds many certifications including Specialist in Educational Data and Pearson Certification.

We thank Cheryl and our 14 building-level “Countesses" for their professionalism and diligence in this endeavor. This important accounting of our student population was reported to the State of Michigan, which in turn impacts our district funding.

1st place win in #MaskUpMacomb Contest

In recognition of the importance of wearing a mask to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Macomb County invited creative people of all ages to design a poster to help promote #MaskUpMacomb.

Sponsored by Macomb County in partnership with the Anton Art Center and Henry Ford Macomb Hospitals, we are excited to announce Isabella Dalecke in Mrs. Bolen's Advanced Art class at Lake Shore High School as the 1st place winner!

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