Shorian Nation eNews

September 6th, 2021

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Newsletter Overview

With the start of the 2021-22 year almost underway, we wanted to share our enthusiasm for the new academic year.


The first day of school is Tuesday, September 7th. To access building-specific schedules, including start and end times, reference this link. Bus schedules are located here. Please refer to our District Events Calendar and event flyers for confirmation of all event details.


For our 2021-2022 Return to School General Information document, click here.


Smile! It's almost Picture Day!


Our website and social media channels gives us the biggest megaphone to share our hard work. Please help us flood the community with powerful messages that inform and praise our schools, staff, and students by emailing us feel good photos and stories to social@lsps.org.

Shorey is Ready...are YOU?

Shorey is ready....are YOU?

Safety Protocols

2021-22 Return to School Information from Lake Shore Public Schools


Lake Shore Public Schools is committed to utilizing layered mitigation strategies to reduce the spread and potential exposure of COVID-19 while being responsive to community COVID levels, both spread increase and decrease. The District will continue to work closely with the Macomb County Health Department, communicate known strategies for reducing risk and creating safer environments, as well as enforce all health orders. Lake Shore will utilize and encourage multiple preventative measures while being prepared to institute increased measures if necessary.


Instructional Model


All K-12 students will attend in-person, full-time, 5 days per week, regular start and end times unless they have opted for the virtual option.


Virtual Platform


Lake Shore will utilize Edgenuity, Michigan Virtual, and Lake Shore staff for its virtual learning platforms. All students will be assigned a Lake Shore staff member as a mentor and district contact. We ask for students to remain in their virtual classes until the completion of the semester.


Masks


Currently, face masks are recommended by the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Macomb County Health Department for students, staff and visitors in school buildings while school is in session. Per the current CDC health order, they are required on all school busses.


COVID-19 Vaccine


All persons 12 years and older are encouraged to utilize the available vaccination as a means for immunizing individuals against COVID and minimizing its spread and impact. Please speak to your health care provider or the Macomb County Health Department for further information.


Social Distancing


Social distancing and student spacing of greater than 3 feet will be utilized as much as possible.


Health Screening


Students and staff should utilize the daily health screening provided by the Macomb County Health Department. Students and staff should not be reporting to school if they show symptoms of COVID-19.


Close Contact


Close contacts are defined as persons who have been within 6 feet of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period.


Quarantine


Quarantine rules have been established by the Macomb County Health Department and will be enforced by Lake Shore Public Schools. They are as follows:


  • A student or staff person who is a close contact of a person with confirmed or probable COVID19 will be sent home from school and remain quarantined at home for 10 days after the date of last exposure (for non-household contacts). The quarantine period for household contacts is 10 days after the date the person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 completes their isolation period if ongoing close household contact cannot be avoided. If ongoing close household contact can be avoided, the quarantine period is 10 days after the date close household contact ended.
  • Quarantine is not necessary for students exposed only in the classroom, while both the index case and close contact were masked and sitting at least 3 feet apart.
  • Students or staff persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 3 months do not need to quarantine.
  • Students or staff persons who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to quarantine. Fully vaccinated is defined as 2 weeks or more following receipt of the second dose using a 2-dose series or receipt of one dose using a single dose vaccine.
  • Students or staff persons who are contacts of a contact do not need to quarantine for 10 days. Contacts of a contact are persons who have not had direct contact with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19 but instead have had close contact with someone who has had direct contact with a person with confirmed or probable COVID-19.
  • Students or staff persons who are close contacts and who test positive for COVID19 must be reported to the Macomb County Health Department and managed as previously outlined.


Case Notification


Notification of confirmed cases will be shared via SchoolMessenger and cumulative case counts will be posted daily to our website.


Building Cleaning


Classrooms, hallways, common areas, bathrooms, cafeterias, busses, etc. will continue to utilize enhanced cleaning procedures established last year. These include enhanced air filtration, disinfecting and antiviral misting, wiping down of frequent touch points, and hand sanitizing stations.


COVID Liaison/School Medical Assistants


Lake Shore will continue to employee medical assistants at each building and a COVID Liaison to assist families in COVID and health related matters.


Return to School Toolkit


Please take time to review the most recent guidance from the Macomb County Health Department.

Food Service Distribution

In an effort to support our families and greater community, Lake Shore Public Schools, in partnership with Chartwells Food Services, provides 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. At this time, we are pausing Food Service Distribution.


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. Applications may take 10 business days to process.


Even though the Michigan Department of Human Services continues to provide free, healthy meals to all children, Lake Shore Public Schools encourages families to still fill out an application; This application aids in our Food Services funding.


You are still encouraged to check out this webpage for more information and to apply.

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.


Chromebook insurance is now available and may be purchased at through this link. The deadline to purchase insurance is Friday, October 1st; Lake Shore parents will no longer be charged transaction fees when processing eFunds payments. To view our 1:1 Frequently Asked Questions document, visit this link.


Have you turned on your Chromebook lately or tried logging into PowerSchool or Schoology? If you need technology support, send an email to helpdesk@lsps.org. Parents, please include your child’s first and last name and building.

Enroll Today

Enrollment for the 2021-22 school year is open!


Lake Shore Public Schools provides an exceptional education for all 3,168 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 new schools of choice student by using this link: http://lakeshoreschools.org/enrollment.


We are more than a school district. We are a Lake Shore family: youtu.be/p6CmvG5i420.


Enrollment is also open for our Lake Shore Early Childcare Center. For more information, visit their webpage or contact our Early Childhood Coordinator, Kelly Biondo, at (586) 285-8570 or kbiondo@lsps.org.

#I Choose Lake Shore

Positivity Project

Under the guiding principles of our districtwide initiative, the Positivity Project, the #PositivityInAction mindset is our top priority. Because of our goal to inspire students to build positive relationships and become their best selves while recognizing that our virtual and hybrid learning models feel like relationship obstacles, we invite you to follow this Positivity Project Calendar.


This calendar outlines all 24 character strengths, 1 highlighted per week. Our teachers create engaging and impactful lessons — differentiated by grade-level — and share through presentations, student recognitions, classroom discussions, and building-specific displays.


Looking forward, our upcoming character strengths are CURIOSITY (9/12-9/18) and TEAMWORK (9/19-9/25).

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Inspiration

Teachers Provide High Quality Instruction

Last week our teachers were back to their buildings where they were busy meeting with departments to plan for the year, preparing their lesson plans and classrooms, and completing professional development modules!


This Summer several staff members continued to work with Communications by Design (CBD), an education technology consulting company focused on supporting technology integration and instructional practices. This strong partnership with CBD Consulting works together to transform how we educate our students and change what our classrooms look like so that our students are operating at the optimal level of engagement and achievement.


Our teachers continue to facilitate transformational learning experiences for Lake Shore students through modeling workshops and project based learning trainings. The workshops provide learning experiences that connect priority standards and curriculum work to transformation goals, show what transformation looks like in our classrooms, provide a format for how to plan and execute transformative learning experiences, and reflect on both the process and outcome.


Lake Shore also knows the importance of technology in the education system today. Using 3,400 district-issued Chromebooks, deployed for the past 5 years, students of all ages can engage with learning using a variety of resources accessible on Schoology, our learning management system (LMS). Since 2017, Lake Shore Public Schools has fully adopted Schoology as its districtwide LMS because of its intuitive learner-centric design, its ability to support different teaching methods, and its strong integration capabilities.


Our community can expect 180 days of high-quality instruction in a safe environment and supported by Lake Shore teachers in which high, clear expectations and positive relationships are fostered and active learning is promoted.


Bonus: Administrators at Kennedy Middle School celebrated their teachers first day of school, old school style. The assignment was to to take a serious or funny back to school photo like when they were a kid. Then they were asked to send the photograph to a family member at home as a reminder to extended families that this is a safe place, a place of love and support.

Innovation

Shorians Rock

Hidden high or low, we carefully placed painted rocks at each building as a welcome back greeting. Scan the playground, track, or landscape perimeters and you may be lucky enough to find a rock smiling at you. If so, pick it up and read its inscription. Fueled by Lake Shore's commitment to the Positivity Project, rocks were labeled with 1 of the 24 character strengths that empower us all to build positive relationships.


Which rock will you locate? How will this word resonate with you? Snap a selfie with your stone, post to social media, and use the #myLSPS hashtag. Gift your colorful rock to a person in your life who exhibits this trait.


School is going to look different this year. Building a positive culture will be more difficult and more important than ever. We know we can do this together because Shorians rock!


Bonus: Our L.I.F.E Summer Camp created a community Facebook page to share your rock findings: https://www.facebook.com/groups/507099093912035/

Summer Projects

Thank you, Maintenance and Operations team, for the continued work on the following projects this summer in preparation for the new school year:


-Scoreboard set to debut at the beginning of September

-New outdoor merchandizing building by athletic field

-Epoxy painting the locker room floors at Kennedy Middle School

-New playground piece will be installed at Violet Elementary

-Auditorium lighting/sound project slated to start in September and be done in time for late fall events

Celebration

Welcome Back Celebrations

Through the use of those binoculars the day was new and anything was possible.


On Wednesday, September 1st we met Early Childhood Center, Masonic Heights, Rodgers, and Violet Elementary students at our Welcome (Back) Celebrations and invited them to our district with informational packets, future Shorian shirts and masks, bubble wands and streamers, devices, and ice cream.


Keep dreaming about becoming a real life superhero or princess and conquering this world with your mighty lego creations. No matter the age, everyone is asked, on a regular basis, about their aspirations. It seems, as we get older, we choose occupations that connect with our aptitudes and interests. But if you ask an elementary student, career dreams can be anything.


Class of 2031 student Titus Rose, when asked about his goals, said, “I want to become a Video Game Developer because I love playing Minecraft, Rocket League, and Roblox." We are excited to listen to this Masonic Heights Elementary Tiger talk about his passion and grateful that he made a School of Choice decision to be a part of the Shorian Nation.


Don’t blink. These imaginative, carefree souls will soon walk across the stage to receive their high school diploma.

Middle School Orientations

At our 7th grade Orientation, second-year Clippers had the opportunity to pick up their schedules, tour the building, order spirit wear, pay fines, obtain extracurricular information, register for InfoSnap, receive Yearbook information, and have the opportunity to have their Chromebook inspected and repaired.


The transition to Kennedy Middle School from Masonic Heights Elementary, Rodgers Elementary, Violet Elementary, or another elementary school may feel overwhelming. New school. New schedule. New friends. Over time, those 3 middle school years transform from anxiety to excitement. It is the atmosphere at this special school where students learn to adapt, develop skills of independence and responsibility, and prepare for new opportunities.


Thank you, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Baalaer, and KMS staff for your leadership, kindness, and extraordinary patience as you help our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students navigate the new year with your friendly demeanors and understanding mindset.

Lake Shore Orientation

At our Lake Shore Orientation Day, we wanted to focus on the welcome event itself and the camaraderie of the Shorian Nation.


The presentation, geared toward freshmen, new students, and those students who have been virtual for the past year and half, was facilitated by our wonderful high school counselors who shared expectations, resources, and advice for a better student experience.


Information addressed in their slide deck included important calendar dates, daily schedule, attendance, policies, 1:1 technology initiatives, curriculum, building security, lockers, athletics, activities and clubs, student support, and counseling.


Shorian Pride is more than a sticker. It is the feeling of unity, displayed by deep, long-lasting relationships in a family environment. It is when you find yourself calling Lake Shore your home and referring to your classmates as siblings.


Our student body still displays their spirit in a variety of ways. At Lake Shore High School, our student body is referred to as the Shipyard, support our athletic teams. Students wear the traditional red and white gear to share their love for Lake Shore. Students may choose from several extracurricular club options, meeting well after the last bell, because of their sheer dedication.


There are so many reasons for students to get excited about the upcoming school year. Freshman Melissa Ratliff shared, "Three weeks ago I made the Varsity Cheer Team!" We are so proud of her and are excited to watch her perform as a spectator.


We also loved spotting the Let's Sit Together Class of 2024 sign and the invitation to join the Lake Shore High School Class of 2024 Facebook page, a place where parents can share ideas, thoughts, and network.

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Athletics


Get unlimited access to watch all your Shorian events 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 jhartley@lsps.org.


Bonus: Congratulations to Samaia Cotton for being named our Athletic of the Week! She served 20 points (6 aces), had 48 assists and was the floor general in leading the Varsity Volleyball team to the WWT tourney championship!
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Miscellaneous

Freeze Frame: Summer Camps and Enrichment

eNews

Lake Shore Public Schools will provide an exceptional education for all 3,168 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.