Shorian Nation eNews

February 6th, 2022

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Cup of Joe

A Cup of Joe February 6, 2022 with Dr. Joe DiPonio, Superintendent of Lake Shore Public School

Election Info 2022

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.

The board unanimously approved the measure at its January 24th meeting and has been shared in this Press Release.

Learn more about what's included in the proposal by reviewing the following documents and share your thoughts about the bond with us: Survey.

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Virtual District Open House

Ready to see all that Lake Shore Public Schools has to offer?

Visit Lake Shore Public Schools' Virtual Open House on Wednesday, March 2nd at 6pm so you can meet our world-class staff through Google Meets, get a virtual tour of our facilities, and most importantly, experience the Lake Shore difference. Beginning on February 14th, enrollment is open, applications are available, and we are ready for you to become part of the Shorian Nation.

Save the Date: 2022-23 Early Childhood Center Registration

Monday, March 14th-Friday, March 18th: Community Registration Packet Pickup (all day)

Saturday, March 19th: Registration Packet Turn In from 10am-12pm

Save the Date: 2022 Kindergarten Roundup

Wednesday, April 20th, 2022 at 6pm

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Upcoming Events

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 OPM - Supporting others when they struggle and MENTAL HEALTH MATTERS.

People with the character strength of supporting others when they struggle means that when they see other people struggle, they help them if they can.

Assistant Principals Dr. Stevens and Mr. Baalaer, with support from Dean of Students Mr. Puvalowski and Mr. Gaffigan are known for the implementation of disciplinary actions, but they serve in a much larger capacity than this negative generalization.

Building relationships with students and staff is Priority #1. They are the voice behind a supportive phone call, the patience behind a tough conversation that explores the whys of a behavior, and the perspective we all need to experience when sharing important information. In addition, they constantly point out successes, focusing on praise rather than failure. This empathic approach is a proven method to inspire others to see their own potential.

Thank you, Dr. Stevens, Mr. Baalaer, Mr. Puvalowski, and Mr. Gaffigan, for the scheduled meetings, messages on Schoology, and quest for zero disciplinary issues. You are the difference!

People with the character strength of wellness practice healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes, so that instead of just surviving, they're thriving.

Our 2nd annual Mental Health Matters (MHMW), took place on January 31st-February 4th, was a week-long campaign to spread awareness about the importance of mental health and to celebrate the resilience in you.

Students, teachers, staff, and alumni were invited to write how they take care of their mental health on a flag, which became part of a Lake Shore Public Schools display at the Saint Clair Shores Public Library: Look around the shelves to discover these flags tucked inside mental health books and materials. This display may be viewed for the entire month of February!

What is something someone has done for you that changed your entire day for the better? The following activities will show how our students display the #MaddyMatters #PositivityInAction philosophy.

Thank you Michigan Insurance and Financial Services Gives Back Program for sponsoring this week! We also appreciate EOS for doubling our $100 pay it forward cash as well as providing the hot chocolate and ACE Hardware for your hand sanitizer donations!

Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are HUMILITY (2/6-2/12) and LOVE (2/13-2/19).

LSPS Mental Health Awareness Week//ppeiffer_kshorter


Support for the World Wildlife Fund

We are inspired by this next generation's efforts to build a future where people and nature thrive.

Mrs. Boren and Ms. D'Ambrosio's Kindergarten classes raised money to help protect the future of nature. Their symbolic anaconda named Cheeto and koala named Cozy are "class pets," secured by donations to the World Wildlife Fund to protect these animals and their habitats. Students enjoyed keeping track of their monetary donations through a graph, meeting their goal, and hugging their stuffed, mail-ordered friend.

Cheeto and Cozy will spend their weekends with a student. Upon their return to school on Monday, presentations will be shared about those Saturday and Sunday adventures which may include new people he meets, places he travels, and things he does.

What a great way to meet comprehension, collaboration, and presentation of knowledge and ideas benchmarks!

WXYZ Feature: Michigan students grapple with academic setbacks

World Read Aloud Day

Experience a wave of literary warm fuzzies from Mrs. Camaj's 3rd grade readers at Violet Elementary as you look through their reading pleasures revealed by their participation in our Literary Photo Challenge.

Please plan on using our Padlet to add to our student responses.

That's right. Show us what you're reading, Shorian Nation!

When the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) compared the reading skills of 210,000 students from thirty-two different countries, it found the highest scores (regardless of income level) among children who were read to by their teachers daily and who read the most pages for pleasure daily.

Bonus: Our students are constantly reading to their peers, not just on this day. We loved seeing Mrs. Pavlovich's class reading to each other and Ms. Black's students stretch their reading goals by participating in a 40 Book Challenge.


Upstanders Start a Movement

A selective group of 100 Upstander students met for the first time this year to take part in Defeat the Label's monthly activities; There will be 8 sessions in total.

This week 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 6 years of leadership at Lake Shore High School and to Todd Stevens, Assistant Principal, for facilitating this program.

Vance Harvey said, "These sessions are going to open eyes as to what bullying really is!" Some kids think they are only joking around, but don't realize they can be hurtful at the same time! I am looking forward to learning more in these meetings!" #TeachTuesday

For more information, visit

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.

Shorian Spotlight: Dillon Rochon

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. Periodically, we spotlight on our graduates, sharing their accomplishments because we are proud of them.

Class of 2015 graduate Dillon Rochon is the co-owner of Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream in Grosse Pointe Woods.

Dillon began working as an employee at 14 years old, a then freshman at Lake Shore High School, and never left. It was his first job. Fast forward to now where he is celebrating his 2 year anniversary as co-owner at 24 years old. His partner, Matthew Thomas, who is also his cousin and best friend, graduated from Wayne State University with a degree in Economics. Dillon knew his aptitude with numbers would make him the perfect person for the team.

He never pictured himself as an entrepreneur and he had struggled to picture what he could do with his future after high school. "I felt a lot of pressure to figure it out," he said. I am certain many students can relate to his words.

The owner at the time, Carl Ghafari, saw something in Dillon that he may have overlooked himself. His dedication to this job and good people skills prompted Carl to ask Dillion to take over the store. Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream was Dillon's childhood ice cream store, a place that served many scoops and memories after an evening game of baseball at Ghesquiere Park with friends across the street. He couldn't say no.

When asked to reflect about his time at Lake Shore Public Schools, Dillon had fond words to say about his then principal Dr. DiPonio and former teachers Mr. Mumbrue and Mr. Spriet. "I was heavily involved in choir and theatre programs and felt supported by everyone."

We encourage you to support Dillon and his Ashby's Sterling Ice Cream business by visiting his store at 20081 Mack Avenue, Grosse Pointe Woods. He is offering 10 percent off to anyone from the Shorian Nation who mentions his favorite flavor recommendation below and shows his or her Lake Shore ID.

Are you in need of a flavor recommendation? Dillon loves Michigan Pot Hole. This thick black tar fudge in chocolate ice cream with chunks of chocolate asphalt sounds delicious!

Lake Shore recognizes alumni who bring honor to our school district through work in their career or community. 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

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Mental Health Matters

We are recognizing the difference makers who helped spread awareness about the importance of our health and to celebrate the resilience in you during our Mental Health Matters Week.

Here's a review of our activities.

Thank you, Lake Shore High School and North Lake High School, for sharing your person with the Shorian Nation.

Thank you, Kennedy Middle School staff, for handing out hot chocolate to families at drop-off and customizing the cups with a joke of the day.

Thank you, Matt and Olivia Barranca, for starring in our Glitter Jar activity!

Thank you, Masonic Heights Elementary students, for randomly paying for customer coffees and treats at EOS - POSTPONED UNTL NEXT WEEK!

Thank you, Rodgers Elementary Top 30 Spelling Bee students, for reminding us of our own beauty.

Thank you, Violet Elementary students, for making new Pen Pal friends at Harmon Elementary (Lakeview).

Thank you, Marc and Ryan Platt of Michigan Insurance and Financial Services Gives Back Program, for sponsoring the week.

Thank you, EOS, for providing the delicious hot chocolate.

Thank you, ACE Hardware, for donating the hand sanitizers.

Thank you, Saint Clair Shores Public Library, for your Mental Health Matters literary display that will stick around for the entire month of February.

Thank you, P2 Co-Founders Jeff Bryan and Mike Erwin, for sharing your Positivity Project vision with Lake Shore.

Thank you, Lake Shore Public Schools' staff and students, for your participation and to our social workers for facilitating the week of activities!

Please continue to ask yourself this question: What is something someone has done for you that changed your entire day for the better? Pay it forward.

Visit our Connect and Support group on Facebook to get plugged into Lake Shore while paying it forward.

Attention Wordle fans! We are inviting you to play our Custom Wordle as we conclude the week with *hint* this goal.

Social Change Warriors

School social workers are able to light the way, emphasizing the whole child, collaborating with other professionals, linking students and families with needed services, and advocating for the profession.

Thank you Nichole Filer, Rebecca Asni, Paul Schroll, Kayla Glombowski, and Helen Buyse for helping students solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives. They recently played a key role in the organization of our upcoming Mental Health Matters activities and will see them through with flawless execution beginning next week!


Congratulations to our January Slurpee Surprise Positivity Project Honorees:

Lake Shore Early Childhood Center

  1. Charlotte Janick - Prudence

Masonic Heights Elementary

  1. Jacob Herbon - Enthusiasm

  2. Lilly Blumenschein - Helpfulness

  3. Brooklyn McPhearson - Social Intelligence

Rodgers Elementary

  1. Zoe Camden - Kindness

  2. Jacob Wenner - Kindness

  3. Miranda Wiszowaty - Teamwork

Violet Elementary

  1. William Coughenour - Love of Learning

  2. Liam Finn - Kindness

  3. Vincent Iaderaia - Leadership

Kennedy Middle School

  1. Ava Teed - Kindness

  2. Piper Lees - Perseverance

  3. Mathew Aron - Enthusiasm

  4. Melissa Kubiak - Being Present and giving others my attention

Lake Shore High School

  1. Patrick Osborne - Kindness

  2. Isabella Figurski - Kindness

  3. Brendan McGee - Creativity

  4. Kaylie Johnson - Kindness

  5. Nikki Wheeler - Teamwork

  6. Nicholas Eckel - Respectful / Kindness

North Lake High School

  1. Zackary Canter - Humor

Thank you, building principals, for your sweet deliveries sometime this week! Because of 7/11 Store Owner Virgil Johnson's generosity, these are BOGO slurpees!


Back-to-back League Champions, Channel 955 High School Takeover

With victories over Hazel Park (66-18) and Center Line (54-30), our Shorian wrestlers, for the first time in school history, are consecutive League Champs!

Thank you, Channel 955, for stopping by our Lake Shore High School basketball game on Friday, January 18th with gifts from Biggby Coffee! #HighSchoolTakeover

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Freeze Frame: Snow Days, Snow Service


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