Shorian Nation eNews
March 19th, 2023
As part of our continuous improvement work, we welcome the feedback from our families to help us identify areas for improvement, as well as confirmation of areas we are meeting or exceeding expectations. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. There is an opportunity to complete for more than one child, attending the same or different schools, within this one survey.
2022 - 2023 Perception -- Parent Survey
This survey has 4 parts: Part 1-Strategic Planning (these questions focus on district level responses); Part 2 - School Building Perception Survey (a separate section for up to three buildings if you have students in more than one building); Part 3-use of ESSERS grant funds to address health, safety, and academic challenges related to COVID-19; Part 4-future planning for funds to support disproportionately impacted students.
Shorian Taste Fest
You are invited to our 13th Annual Shorian Taste Fest, our Football fundraiser. Guests will be able to enjoy a smorgasbord from over 20 favorite restaurants including salted caramel brownies, potato soup, barbecue ribs, candy bar, chicken wings, pizza, and ice cream while the football team provides exceptional service. The event is scheduled on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00-5:00pm at Athena Hall.
Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at door, $5 donation for 7 years old and younger. To purchase tickets in advance, visit our Athletic Office at Lake Shore High School or visit this link.
The High School Experience and New Student Open House
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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...
Senior Messages on Big Screen
Lake Shore Public Schools are inviting families to submit a personal congratulatory message to a special Lake Shore graduate that will appear on the John U'ren Stadium big screen during LSHS Commencement on Saturday, June 3rd.
Entries should be received no later than April 1st to Counseling Secretary Julie Knight at Lake Shore High School using this hard copy. The cost is $5 per message.
Begin preparing your heartfelt well wish for that special graduate and access our 2023 slide deck, which is currently in progress, using this link.
Scroll to see examples for Alyson Senish and Joshua Wandzel. These are perfectly customized and ready to go!
If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Knight at email@example.com.
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 Building-Specific Boards (3/2023)
- 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 WELLNESS SPIRIT WEEK and OPM - Identifying and appreciating the good in others.
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 3rd annual Wellness Week, which took place from March 6th-10th, was a week-long campaign to drive home the message that you are important.
Students and staff are invited to display the #PositivityInAction philosophy through activities such as hot chocolate giveaways, pay it forward surprises, and collaborative efforts!
Thank you Michigan Insurance and Financial Services Gives Back Program and EOS Cafe and Coffee House for sponsoring this week! Use this link to view a recap of our activities!
If it is not a mess, it is not progress. The random shoe in the middle of the floor. The toys scattered across the path. It reminds us from a scene from Toy Story 3 when we first meet Lotso at Sunnyside.
This is our Lake Shore Early Childhood Center, a setting where kids are kids and toys aren't always carefully placed into their homes during midday play.
But perfection doesn't exist here. Instead, imperfect students get the love and care they need from our staff.
Killian Williams is as close to perfect as you can get. Lake Shore Early Childhood Coordinator Kelly Biondo said, "He's so happy all the time, enthusiastic about school, a go-getter, very agreeable, and cooperative."
We observed these characteristics in his Preschool 3 classroom. His favorite thing to do is make diagrams and that's what he demonstrated. Killian used the green and blue carpet squares for land and water. He dug through a pile of animals and placed them onto their natural habitat, explaining the process along the way.
Bonus: Our Robotics team placed 12th out of 40 teams in qualification level and made it through to the 3rd round of playoffs. Go Team 6567 as we celebrate even more good.
Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are Perspective (3/20-3/24) and Humor (3/27-3/31).
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Lake Shore High School students Abby Sample, Sammy Frazier, James Brown, and Nathan Cochran-Renfroe used gift cards to pay for customer treats at Eastside Bagel. Eastside Bagel is a family owned business serving New York Style bagels and treats for over 20 years. The gift cards were sponsored by the generosity of Michigan Insurance and Financial Services, a local community partner!
As part of our rescheduled Wellness Week activities, these students decided that yesterday was the day for a random act of kindness, and they paid for orders without an expectation of anything in return, but with the expectation that they will provide a better day for others.
One of our gift cards was given to Makba. She just finished an appointment with a cardiologist and visited Eastside Bagel to purchase the final bagel she would eat for a very long time. She said, "This is unbelievable! I substitute teach in the area and am always giving to kids. This is the first time someone has given back to me and I am so appreciative."
Eastside Bagel also provided these students with their own delicious bagels and cookies for their service! Thank you for making kindness reciprocal.
Bonus: The Annie performance from Masonic Heights Elementary students was a hit! They performed on stage and at American House with such grace. Thank you for sharing your talents with our community.
Saint Clair Shores Author Lindsay Gizicki Reads at LSECC
In honor of National Reading Month, Saint Clair Shores resident Lindsay Gizicki made an author visit to our preschool classes at Lake Shore Early Childhood Center.
She read one of her two publications which are titled To the Moon and Back. She is even working on a third installment!
In To the Moon and Back, you will join a mother and her child on an epic adventure through space. Our mischievous child keeps finding herself in space through many wrong doings—the balloon carried them too high, the homemade rocket went too far. The mother, desperate to bring her home, chases after her by means of her own silly concoctions. Witness the depth of a mother's love and just how far that love can take you—if you just believe.
Students even had the opportunity to pre-purchase signed copies of her books!
Lindsay Gizicki graduated from Central Michigan University and pursued her passion for journalism. She is currently the editor of an architecture magazine based in Troy, Michigan, and writes for publications all across the country. Lindsay is an avid book lover and the Michigan-representative for The Book Fairies Worldwide, leaving hidden books for potential readers all around the state. In her spare time she fishes with her husband, Cyle, and speaks nonsense with her 3-year-old daughter, Harper, and her 18-month-old son, Henry.
To learn more, visit https://www.hankarooreadings.com/.
Thank you to administrators and parent volunteers for reading to our littlest learners inside our LSECC, too.
Hot Chocolate and Cookies
With cloudy, rainy, and mix of flurries kind of mornings, a cup of hot chocolate made everything better.
Our elementary staff surprised Masonic Heights, Rodgers, and Violet families at dropoff with a warm, comforting cup of cocoa. Being kind makes everyone happy and gives a feeling of well-being, in perfect timing for Wellness Week.
We heard from students who said, "You made my mom's day!" and grownups who said, "This was the best surprise!" We gave and felt the love.
Thank you, EOS Cafe and Coffee House, for sponsoring 300+ cups of joy!
At Violet Elementary, students volunteers delivered the cocoa. Fiona Heath, a 3rd grader, said, "I wanted to pass it out because my mom loves hot chocolate so I guessed everyone else would. It is a really kind thing to do and I wanted to be a part of it."
Bonus: And what pairs nicely with hot chocolate? Cookies, of course! We are excited to #ThrowbackThursday our performance of Cookies! The Musical: http://youtu.be/CbqOUK5if7Y. This musical celebrates togetherness and friendship as well as learning to accept each person for their differences. Through the eyes of a cookie bake sale, our cute and whimsical cookie characters came to life for the Shorian Nation.
Our 2nd graders at Masonic Heights Elementary have been working hard on creating paper products to sell during their Market Day. They've created store fronts to share our products as well. This is their big project for their Economics unit, raising money for the Lake Shore Family Assistance Program.
All items were priced $0.25 to $1.00. Customers paid with quarters as students are learning about quarters and counting change in their math unit.
Aubree Vermillion made colorful snowflakes and titled her store To Infinity and Beyond. She imagined, "I thought I was going to have my paper turn out like stars, but they are more like flowers. I like flowers and pretty things so I am happy."
The 2nd graders came up with a variety of ideas such as lucky coins, baby doll diapers, paper airplanes, custom pictures, pencil holders, and popsicles! We really enjoyed Spencer Jones' Bookmarks, in perfect time for March is Reading Month. Spencer expressed his love for Dogman. Way to go, Tigers!
Bonus: The Lake Shore Family Assistance Program is excited to announce their 2nd annual Euchre Tournament and Silent Auction will be held on March 24th at Rec Bowl. With the funds that were raised at last year's event they have been able to provide support to several families in need throughout the district.
Open House at Kennedy Middle School
Let's take a look at Kennedy Middle School through the lens of eighth grader Megan Sweeney.
At our New Student Open House at Kennedy Middle School, incoming 6th graders and potential new students were given a chance to see what we have to offer.
Kennedy has a fantastic Principal (Mr. Johnson), and an amazing Assistant Principal (Mr.Gaffigan). Two out of all of the great teachers in 6th grade are Mrs. Barnett and Mrs. Adamkiewicz. Mrs. Barnett teaches math, and Mrs. Adamkiewicz teaches Social Studies. I had both of them as teachers and they taught the material very well, we learned everything we needed to while also being prepared for later grades. They also made learning fun every day. One of the fantastic 7th-grade teachers is Mrs. Gough. She teaches ELA. She is very nice, and if you ever need help with anything she will try her best to help you. Two outstanding 8th-grade teachers are Mrs. Clow and Mr. Warehall. Mrs. Clow teaches science and Mr. Warehall teaches math. Both of them always teach and explain everything very well, and they definitely prepare you for high school in every good way possible. Two elective classes that I like are Intro to Media and Spanish. Spanish is an elective for all grades, and Mrs. Weiss is the teacher. She teaches Spanish very well, she makes it very easy to learn Spanish, and she is very nice and kind. Intro to Media is taught by Mrs. Holtz and might be my favorite elective that I have ever taken. Only 8th graders can take this class, but it is half of a credit for high school. All teachers at Kennedy are amazing, and there is a class for everyone. There will always be a class that interests every student coming to Kennedy.
Kennedy has a diverse variety of clubs. Some of the clubs are bowling, anime, ski/snowboard, yearbook, yoga, eco, and homework club. In the ski/snowboard club, you travel up to Mt. Holly and ski or snowboard after school. This year running club was added. It is a good way to spend time with friends while having fun and staying in shape. Madison Seidita said, “I enjoy running club because it helps get me in shape for track season, and it gives me something fun to do after school.” In homework club students have a chance to get extra help with homework, and have a quiet environment where they can focus. In the bowling club, on Mondays, you can walk down to a nearby bowling alley with a few teachers and all of the kids in the club. You then bowl for about an hour. In the yearbook club, students will go to sporting events and take pictures for the yearbook. Clubs are a good way to hang out with your friends or even make new friends.
There are many sports at Kennedy. Sports at Kennedy are all about having fun, getting better, and having great sportsmanship. The sports that all grades are able to play at Kennedy are wrestling, cross country, and track. Wrestling and track have had a great record for the past few years and we hope to keep that record going. Girls and boys are welcome to all three of these sports. Although, football, basketball, and volleyball are for 7th and 8th graders only. For volleyball, there is a 7th-grade team and an 8th-grade team. Volleyball is only open to girls. Football is open for both girls and boys to play. Basketball is open to both boys and girls, but there are two separate teams. There is a 7th-grade girls team and an 8th-grade girls team. There is also a 7th-grade boys team and an 8th-grade boys team. Cheerleading is available for 6th-8th graders. There is also a trap shooting team that students from Kennedy can join, but the team runs through Lake Shore High School. We have amazing coaches for all sports at Kennedy, they all care about you and want you to succeed in every sport you try.
We hope you were able to travel through the building and gather information to complete the Scavenger Hunt list and return it for prizes! Thank you for attending our Open House.
National School Social Work Week
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, Erin Pastoria, Paul Schroll, Kayla Glombowski, and April Gardner for helping students solve and cope with problems in their everyday lives.
Rebecca Asni, School Social Worker at Rodgers Elementary, is a fantastic role model for #InternationalWomensDay, a day that celebrates women's achievement.
Now in her 3rd year, Ms. Asni helps students prevent and cope with problems in their lives. She does this in a variety of ways, but is best known for her social stories.
She creates stories about playground expectations or a change in a class schedule as a strategy to assist students with rules or transitions.
Co-worker and counterpart Erin Pastoria received "good vibes" from Ms. Asni from the first time they met. She said, "She knows the intricacies of every student because of the relationships she has built in one-on-one interactions and from working inside classrooms."
We observed her using an ice cube for mindfulness. She used this sensory practice with a young lady who was clearly upset. "Sometimes students are wrapped in anxious thoughts so their cold hands gives them something else to focus on."
Ms. Asni has always known that she wanted to work with kids. "I thought about my purpose and the people who have impacted me the most, most of which were at school." It wasn't until she began volunteering at Turning Point in the Children's Department when she met a group of social workers and learned that she would want to hold that title one day, too.
Resilient and tenacious are two words that best describe Ms. Asni. She openly shared, "I process through my own challenges in mental health, but continue to stick through hard days. I look for always to improve my practice and use setbacks as learning experiences." What a great role model for our Rodgers Rockets!
Nathan Vanhollebeke Earns Third Place Finish at County Bee
Four-time contestant wins Macomb County Regional Spelling Bee
Joscelyn Ryan spelled the words "Mica" and then "ministerial" on Sunday to win the annual Macomb County Regional Spelling Bee held in Clinton Township. Joscelyn, 13, an eighth-grader at St. Mary Catholic School in Mount Clemens, topped a field of 38 to capture the crown and win the right to represent the county in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May near Washington, D.C.
Why should you never talk to pi? Because he’ll just go on forever.
Happy Pi (3.14) Day! Shorians celebrated this infinite decimal by throwing pies into the faces of Lake Shore High School Principal Dr. Bross and Dean of Students Mr. Puvalowski.
Mrs. Barnett’s 6th graders at Kennedy Middle School completed a Pi Day Measuring Cookies activity. To begin, they measured their nilla, sugar, chocolate chip, monster, oatmeal, Oreos, and vanilla sandwich cookies using the centimeter side of their ruler, measuring to the nearest millimeter. Then, students measured the circumstance and diameter of the cookies, recording their measurements as a ratio on their Cookie Monster worksheets!
George Phillips expressed his enjoyment for the activity. He said, "I like measuring stuff and I am hoping the chocolate chip cookie has the largest circumference. More to eat!"
Kennedy Middle School invited therapy dogs to spread smiles and love. Lucky them! We were excited for these canine buddies to help improve the emotional, social, and academic wellbeing at our middle school.
Thank you Cynthia and her dog Preacher and Cindy and her dog Barkley for joining us.
Handler Cynthia Tewes described Preacher as a two-year-old English Mastiff. He was named Preacher because he preaches love and laziness. At 180 lbs, Preacher is a big dog with a big heart. Cynthia decided on therapy dogs because she runs a rescue. She said, "I have been doing this for 12 years and really enjoy it."
In addition, across the district students and staff can find comfort in having classroom or office pets awaiting them.
Mrs. Filer, Social Worker at Masonic Heights Elementary, encourages the Shorian Nation to come to her office or schedule a classroom visit with Simba, the lionhead bunny.
Simba has been a part of Masonic Heights for almost 5 years now. Filer says, "He is a great tool to use with the kids when they just need to calm down, are having a hard time coming to school that day, or as a reward for a lot of our students. I also assign jobs to students who I think would benefit from being a helper to help take care of him. Students love that he looks like a little lion and that his name is so fitting. They love saving their veggies from lunch to feed him. They think it's funny to see him run around and leap in the air."
Mrs. Frank's Kindergarten class at Violet Elementary has goldfish as their class pet. As part of a Pets in the Classroom successful grant request from Pet Supplies Plus, these students benefit from exposure to fish in ways that help shape their lives for years to come.
Animals provide a type of love and compassion that compares to no other.
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.
Discover Field Hockey is a fun 90-minute introductory experience for boys and girls who are new to the sport. Join us on Saturday, April 22nd from 2-3:30pm at Lake Shore High School to learn from trained coaches!
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